LAW 483

Privacy, Data and Technology

Constitutional & Public Law, Technology & the Law

“Privacy" has emerged as a critical component of consumer protection in our data-driven economy.  Most Americans believe that privacy is under siege, yet they would find it difficult to define what they mean by “privacy” or identify where the right to privacy originates.This class will examine privacy from three angles:  1. A brief history of American law relating to privacy, including key Supreme Court cases and legislative statutes, including California’s new privacy law; 2. A study of the way personal information is shared, sold and traded in today’s digital economy; and 3. Investigation of how specific technologies can either threaten or safeguard privacy, with a focus on the Internet of Things, surveillance technologies and smart phones.Mr. Alben has served as the Chief Privacy Officer both for a leading Internet company—RealNetworks, Inc.—and for the State of Washington.  He writes frequently about law, privacy and media for a variety of publications.  He helped draft Washington’s proposed privacy statute in the 2019 legislative session.

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