- Evaluate the current American legal framework for consumer privacy protection
- Identify the key challenges for individual consumers in controlling access to, and use of, their personal information.
- Examine the effectiveness and enforceability of consumer privacy policies, and contrast the advantages and disadvantages of “opt in” versus “opt out” models of privacy protection
This course examines the complicated and porous scheme of legal privacy protections governing online and offline individual consumer information in the United States. The course will examine topics including:
- The evolution of Big Data and how it impacts consumer privacy
- The role of privacy policies
- The Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) enforcement of privacy violations
- The increasing incidence and regulation of large scale data breaches
- Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA) and the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA)
- Protections for children’s information under the Children ‘s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPAA)
- Statutes providing protections against marketing calls and spam
- The role of tort lawsuits for individual consumer privacy violations
- Whether personal information may be regarded as a form of personal property and, if so, how that may impact an individual’s ability to control access to, and use of, her consumer information.