Cyber Surveillance Policy & Privacy Law
A key inquiry of the seminar will be how database technologies developed for civil law or corporate purposes can be used for criminal law and national security purposes, and how this merger has led to the growing normalization of surveillance protocols. The seminar will investigate how digital surveillance or dataveillance programs developed on a voluntary "test pilot" basis by the government in the immigration civil law context are now being proposed for mandatory national expansion. In addition, databases and technologies developed by corporations for consumer reasons also offer technological prototypes for national surveillance programs that can be expanded for use beyond the private sector context. The legal and constitutional protections available to curtail this expanding web of data collection and cybersurveillance is unclear. Therefore, this seminar will also explore the preexisting statutes protecting electronic communications and digital data, as well as the availability of Fourth Amendment protections to guard against the unreasonable search and seizure of data.
RESEARCH PAPER & ESSAYS
Research Paper: A research paper (minimum 20-25 pages double-spaced) will be required for this seminar, the subject of which will be developed in consultation with the professor.
In addition, two essays (minimum 3-5 pages double-spaced) will be required during the course of the semester to allow an opportunity to synthesize reading materials with the course discussion. In addition, the essays may be used as an opportunity to shape concepts and analysis for the research paper.
Research Paper (topic and outline) 70 percent
Essays 20 percent
Class Participation (including preparation and attendance) 10 percent
Please note that course organization and content may vary substantially from semester to semester and descriptions are not necessarily professor specific. Please contact the instructor directly if you have particular course-related questions.