This course will act as a survey of the various ways that information and law interact. In addition, this course will include a deeper dive into the universe of data management, its high-level principles, and how those can be applied in real-life situations. The ultimate goal of this course is to provide you with the necessary skills and understanding to competently respond to law and informatics issues, as well as implement and maintain a compliance regime at an organization impacted by these issues, including the contractual and regulatory issues that often arise for corporate attorneys or general practitioners.
The exponential and infinite proliferation of big data raises both privacy and security issues, as the sensitive information of individuals, organizations, and governments are collected and stored online where it can be hacked or misused without authorization. This course will explore the developing, complex web of laws, national and international, that govern data privacy and cybersecurity. More specifically, it will examine the limitations of the existing legal framework and consider the policy implications of greater regulation of data collection over the Internet and the evolving Internet of Things.
Information comes to us in the form of patents, copyrights, trademarks, databases, photographs, and information stored in our GPS tracker, our Google search, our cell phones, and our health records. This course examines current U.S. practice regarding the right of an individual to control one’s personal information in transactional settings such as health care, financial services, e-commerce and social media. The course will explore the history of U.S. privacy, the current development of privacy regulation and identify the next steps necessary for expansion of U.S. policy in this area.
We plan on participating in a cyber and privacy law competition in the spring of 2022 and will share more details as those become available.