|LAW 661-01||Privacy in a Technological Age Seminar||3 credits|
Do new technologies change our expectation of privacy? Should they?
From students revealing all on MySpace and Facebook to corporate data
breaches to vast databasing of Google searches to NSA wiretapping and
phone and bank records surveillance, it is no longer clear what privacy
means. When information can easily and cheaply be gathered, stored,
sorted, and searched, what are the appropriate boundaries for personal
privacy? This course will review (1) the historical roots of the
concept of privacy in U.S. law; (2) the common clash between privacy
and the public good; and (3) the shifting balance of privacy rights in
rapidly changing technological contexts. We will examine these
questions through the lens of consumer privacy, government records
privacy, medical privacy, government surveillance, and online privacy.
Grades will be determined by class participation and a final paper.
Satisfies the writing requirement.
*courses not offered every year