331.01 Introduction to Privacy Law and Policy

This course on privacy law and policy examines the ways in which the United States’ legal framework recognizes privacy rights or interests and balances them against competing interests, including, among others: freedom of speech and press, ever-expanding uses of big data, national security and law enforcement, medical research, business interests, and technological innovation. The course will address the ways that torts, constitutional law, federal and state statutes and regulations, and societal norms protect individual privacy against government, corporations and private actors in a variety of areas including: employment, media, education, data security, children’s privacy, health privacy, sports, consumer issues, finance, surveillance, national security and law enforcement. The course will also consider the significantly different approach to information privacy in the European Union and the importance of the new EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which became effective May 2018.  The course may also address briefly privacy issues and laws in an additional country, such as China, for purposes of further comparison.  Students will gain a broad understanding of the breadth, diversity and growing importance of the privacy field.

Spring 2020

Course NumberCourse CreditsEvaluation MethodInstructorMeeting Day/TimesRoom
Final Exam
Class participation
Jolynn Childers Dellinger
TuTh 8:55AM - 10:20AM
Sakai site: https://sakai.duke.edu/portal/site/LAW.331.01.Sp20
Email list: LAW.331.01.Sp20@sakai.duke.edu
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