This is the webpage for a class from the PAST that
has ALREADY ENDED. Current class information is available here
- 12/6/17: The time to ask questions before the final exam has now expired. I think I have answered every question, so if you asked me a question I didn't answer, feel free to re-send. Best of luck with all of your exams!
- 12/3/17: Please remember to send me your questions in advance of tomorrow's review session, which will take place on Monday, 12/4, from 9:00 - 10:30 AM, in McDonough 200. I have received very few questions thus far. I'm bringing pastries, but I'm not sure I'll have time to pick up coffee, so you might want to bring your own! On our Canvas page, I have attached the three pages worth of instructions for the final exam to this announcement. These haven't yet been fully approved by the Registrar's Office, and I will post another announcement once they have been finalized.
- 11/30/17: Today in class, in summarizing the statutes to which we gave "deeper treatment" versus "more superficial" attention this semester, I neglected to mention EU Law. I would definitely include the Data Protection Directive in the "deeper treatment" category, and the GDPR (barely) in the "more superficial" category.
- 11/29/17: Sorry to change this on you again, but I'm delaying my office hours today, Wednesday, 11/29, to 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM.
- 11/28/17: For class on Thursday, November 30th, I am cutting a few pages from the assignment. Read only pages 789-808.
- 11/21/17: I am holding "virtual" office hours on Wednesday, 11/22, at the usual time, 11:10 - 11:55 AM. I will log in for that hour via a Zoom chatroom, which you can visit using your computer, smartphone, or telephone. See Canvas for the link and phone number.
- 11/16/17: I have posted the midterm and final exams and the grading rubric for each from the last time I taught this course, below.
- 11/13/17: By far the most frequently asked question about the individual graded project is about the requirement of a "letter, memo, or comment."
You are free to style your submission as a letter, memo, or comment. It's up to you decide which you want to use.
As I mentioned in our last class, you don't need to write a separate "proposal" and "persuasive memo." The proposal and persuasive justification can just be part of the same, single piece of writing. You don't even need separate subheadings for these two parts, although they might be helpful.
Even though the final instructions say "hand in a digital copy of your memo," what this should have said was "hand in a digital copy of your writing". This wasn't meant to suggest you had to write a memo that was distinct from a letter or comment, for example.
Finally, footnotes and headings count toward your 1,500 words.
- 11/10/17: As a concession (finally!) to how far we are behind at this point but also how far we have been throughout the term, I have modified every reading for the remainder of the semester, cutting pages from every single remaining assignment. Part 3 of the syllabus is available below and the PDF version is also available here. For quick reference, the new reading for this Tuesday, November 14th, is 611-31.
- 11/2/17: As I just announced in class, because we didn't finish today's material, I am cutting down the assignment for next time. For class on Tuesday, November 7th, we will begin by covering the materials on Schrems, Safe Harbor, and Privacy Shield, pages 503-14. We will skip the Keith case, which we won't make up later, and the notes following. So the new full assignment is 503-14; 549-551; 562-78.
- 10/17/17: I just realized that I mistakenly assigned 43 pages for reading on Thursday! That's more than I like to assign in general, particularly when we are this far behind. So with apologies to those who have already read ahead, for Thursday, 10/19, replace the assignment in the syllabus with the following: 413-432; 435-438; 449-455. In other words, don't read the Lone Star case and skip all of Section C.1. We won't be making up the material I have cut.
- 10/16/17: Two reminders about class tomorrow, Tuesday, October 17th: First, remember we start once again at 8:50 AM. Second, although the supplemental reading packet may seem daunting at 50 pages, remember that I don't expect you to read these with the same depth or level of comprehension with which you are typically expected to have read for this class.
- 10/12/17: I have posted a copy of the individual assignment I handed out today in class (due 11/16). I have also posted the Cookies worksheet we looked at in class today. Both are posted below.
- 10/10/17: For class on Tuesday, October 17th (remember 8:50 AM start time), I have modified the reading. Do not read any pages in the casebook. Instead, read this (50 page) packet of supplemental reading on "large platform providers" and the FCC's broadband privacy rule.
- 10/2/17: Looking ahead: For class on Thursday, October 12th (remember 8:50 AM start time), I have modified the reading. From the casebook, read pages 327-55; and in addition read two additional cases in this supplement: (word) and (pdf). I will also modify the reading for the class after that one, Tuesday, October 17th, to be posted no later than 10/10. Bottom Line: the syllabus is inaccurate or incomplete for three consecutive classes, 10/5, 10/12, and 10/17, so be sure to check this space before reading.
- 9/30/17: Office hours for Wednesday, October 4th, are canceled. I will have office hours on Tuesday, October 3rd.
- 9/27/17: For class on Thursday, October 5th, in addition to the pages assigned in the syllabus (257-82; 298-302), please skim the article titles for the newly enacted General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and read the full text of two specific articles: Article 7 and Article 22. You will have a guest lecturer on that date, so passes will not be allowed.
- 9/24/17: For class on Thursday, 9/28, in addition the pages assigned by the syllabus, 200-226, we will be reading two FTC policy statements in this attachment: (word) (pdf).
- 9/21/17: For class on Tuesday, 9/26, please disregard the reference to supplemental reading on Spokeo. The entire assignment is 165-80; 188-99.
- 9/21/17: I have posted a copy of the group assignment I handed out today in class (due 10/26), albeit without the list of names and email addresses, to this page. I will post the actual group assignments to Canvas.
- 9/14/17: I need to cancel both of my office hours next week, on both Tuesday, 9/19, and Wednesday, 9/20. Feel free to contact me via email with your questions.
- 8/28/17: For class on Tuesday, September 5, 2017, in addition to the pages assigned on the syllabus, we will be reading some materials relating to a search warrant DOJ has issued to the web provider Dreamhost relating to the website disruptj20.org:
The full assignment is:
- 8/28/17: Posted syllabus.
- 8/17/17: Posted class web page and first two assignments.
NEW 11/10: Modified syllabus for Part 3 of course in PDF or MS Word file formats.
The syllabus for the course is available in PDF or MS Word file formats. (WARNING: NOW OUT OF DATE FOR PART 3 READINGS. SUPERSEDED BY FILE ABOVE.)
Our primary source will be a casebook: William McGeveran, Privacy and Data Protection Law (2016) (ISBN-13: 9781634602648). I will supplement the casebook reading with readings posted to this page.
Readings for First Two Classes
- First Class: August 29, 2017:
For the first class, on Tuesday, August 29, 2017, read pages 1 to 21 of the casebook.
- Second Class: August 31, 2017:
For the second class, on Thursday, August 31, 2017, read pages 21 to 43 of the casebook, and the supplemental material (linked below) relating to Carpenter v. United States, which the Supreme Court will hear later this semester:
- Supplemental Reading related to Carpenter v. United States (word) and (pdf).
For further background in information privacy law, three excellent books are:
- Julie Cohen, Configuring the Networked Self
- Helen Nissenbaum, Privacy in Context
- Daniel Solove, Understanding Privacy
I have taught this class as an exam class only once before, in 2015. That class differed from this class in at least three significant ways: first, in 2015, I administered both a midterm and a final exam. Second, we used a different casebook, albeit one with similar coverage to the book we are using this term. Third, I emphasized short answer questions heavily in 2015, but I am likely to mix long and short answer questions this year.
I am making those exams and the grading rubrics I used to score them available below.
I have also made exams from another professor available on Canvas.
Finally, if you're hungering for other exams from me, you can take a look at the course page from the last time I taught Computer Crime Law, last year. In that class, we cover the Fourth Amendment and ECPA, albeit in much greater depth than we do in this class. You might therefore find the past exams (collected at the bottom of that course page) marginally useful. Be aware that I cover a lot of material in that course that I do not cover in this course.
- Information Privacy 2015 Final:
- Information Privacy 2015 Midterm:
Other Class Materials