Fall 2022 Course Schedule

Law of Information Privacy (LAW-805-001)
Kirk Nahra

Meets: 04:00 PM - 05:50 PM (MW)

Enrolled: 27 / Limit: 31

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Because of my professional travel schedule, the class will meet every Monday and every other Wednesday (with some flexibility based on travel developments). Please contact me if you have questions about any aspect of the class.


This course will provide a survey of the primary privacy and data security laws and principles in the United States and other parts of the world. We will focus on laws that address specific industries, particular practices and issues involving particular data categories, as well as the broad principles that help define the policy of privacy law. Topics include privacy and security compliance, litigation issues, enforcement, data breach issues, data analytics, and vendor management. In addition to teaching the emerging law in this area, we also will focus significant attention on the representation of clients on these issues. The course will meet every Monday and every other Wednesday.

Textbooks and Other Materials

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There is no text book for the class. All readings will be publicly available or distributed to the class.

First Class Readings

The syllabus below shows the expected first week readings. • Kliegman, “The New Era of Suicide Prevention,” The Ringer (April 2017), available at https://theringer.com/social-media-suicide-prevention-policies-5490c2c224e0. • Levine, “Suicide hotline shares data with for-profit spinoff, raising ethical questions,” Politico (Jan. 28, 2022), available at https://www.politico.com/news/2022/01/28/suicide-hotline-silicon-valley-privacy-debates-00002617 • Sherman, “Data Brokers Are a Threat to Democracy,” Wired (April 13, 2021), available at https://www.wired.com/story/opinion-data-brokers-are-a-threat-to-democracy/ • Selinger, “Why it’s good for you if I protect my privacy,” The Boston Globe (July 28, 2021), available at https://www.bostonglobe.com/2021/07/28/opinion/why-its-good-you-if-i-protect-my-privacy/ • Angwin, Interview with Neil Richards, “Why Privacy Matters,” (July 9, 2022), available at https://themarkup.org/newsletter/hello-world/why-privacy-matters • Waldman, “How Big Tech Turns Privacy Laws Into Privacy Theater,” Slate (Dec. 2, 2021), available at https://slate.com/technology/2021/12/facebook-twitter-big-tech-privacy-sham.html • Citron, “The End of Roe Means We Need a New Civil Right to Privacy,” Slate (June 27, 2022), available at https://slate.com/technology/2022/06/end-roe-civil-right-intimate-privacy-data.html


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