Computer Security and Privacy


Course Code:
LAW 696
Law Honors/Pass/Restrd Cr/Fail


This seminar surveys the legal environment for technology security and privacy. We will emphasize areas of law that are frequently invoked, hotly contested, or ripe for reform. Specific topics will include trespass offenses (CFAA and DMCA), consumer protection against deficient security, breach notification, privacy policies, communications safeguards (ECPA), and compelled disclosure to law enforcement and intelligence agencies (Title III and FISA). The material will draw upon high profile and challenging cases, including the prosecutions of Aaron Swartz and Bradley Manning, the contempt citation against Lavabit, and class actions against Apple, Facebook, and Google. Students will have the option of completing a series of short written assignments or one research paper. After the term begins, students accepted into the course can transfer from section (01) into section (02), which meets the R requirement, with consent of the instructor. A background in computer science is not required for this course. Writing (W) credit is for 3Ls only. Elements used in grading: Class Participation, Attendance, Written Assignments.

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