TECHNOLOGY & PRIVACY
(LAWP-4015) - 3 UNITS
Online Course. Public and private entities collect, store, process and disseminate massive amounts of data about individuals. Personal information such as credit and loan history, tax, employment, property, driving, academic, library and medical records are all stored on computer databases. Employers and government agencies collect fingerprints, DNA samples, and biometric information. They collect information on your purchases, phone, email and web traffic, even your location (using GPS capabilities of cell phones and inexpensive RFID chipsets). Video cameras are omnipresent in buildings and on city streets to record movements, crime and identity (using facial recognition technologies). X-ray scanners that look past walls and clothing are now available. Spy satellites and sophisticated scanners can track global movement of anyone. This onslaught led Sun Microsystems CEO Scott McNally to proclaim that "privacy is dead; get over it."
The course is designed to test McNally's point. It addresses normative and legal constraints on developing technologies that affect information privacy. Questions that will be asked include: What are the privacy rights of individuals? What information should be shielded from the media, law enforcement, marketers, insurance companies, and government agencies? What are the legal obligations of database owners to maintain privacy and respond to breaches? What are the current constitutional, statutory, common law or normative prohibitions upon collection, storage and use of data about individuals? Should we create new rules that protect privacy interests? Or, should the market prevail, requiring citizens to negotiate their own privacy protections?
Information technologies will be discussed in this course, but not tested. No prior technology experience is required. Online Course. Computer Meeting School Standard & Internet Access Required. See http://lls.edu/techprivacy