LAW 04 W — Privacy Rights: Past, Present, Future
Course Format: Flex Online (About Formats)
Duration: 5 weeks
Date(s): Oct 11—Nov 12
Refund Deadline: Oct 14
Instructor(s): Laurel Kilgour
Class Recording Available: Yes
Privacy has become a nearly unavoidable topic in the last few years—and not just because our inboxes are frequently flooded with updated privacy notices. In this course, we will explore how new technologies pose privacy threats and challenge nations to adopt legal frameworks that better protect their inhabitants. We will begin by examining the history of privacy rights and the principles that underpin modern privacy frameworks. Then we will evaluate the current state of our rights as consumers to know what data is collected about us, and to request correction or deletion of that data. We will also review what rights we have when companies use artificial intelligence to automate important decisions about us. Next, we will consider questions about unintended consequences and gaps in existing frameworks. Do privacy standards inadvertently impede innovation when they become so costly to implement that only established tech companies have sufficient resources to achieve compliance? Have laws about police or government surveillance kept up with technological advances? How should cultural differences impact the development of privacy frameworks? This course will conclude by contemplating cutting-edge policy proposals, as well as possible technological solutions. Students will come away understanding the benefits and limitations of current privacy laws and what the future of privacy might hold.
No prior familiarity with privacy law is required.
Laurel Kilgour represents investors and startups spanning a wide range of industries. She has analyzed international policy issues at the World Health Organization and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. She received a JD/MS from the University of Minnesota and is a Certified Information Privacy Professional.
Special Counsel, Comar Mollé LLP
Textbooks for this course:
There are no required textbooks; however, some fee-based online readings may be assigned.