Instructor(s): Lisa Austin

For graduate students, the course number is LAW2072H.

This section of this course is offered on campus, for students who can attend in person. This course will meet 2 times a week.  One meeting will be in person, the other will be a hybrid meeting, with students rotating between attending in person and attending via AV conference.  In order to safeguard the health and safety of students, there is a possibility that all sections of this class will convert to a remote format for all or part of the term. To enrol in this course all students must meet or exceed the tech requirements for enrolment in University of Toronto courses, which can be found here [

Note: The Quercus program will be used for this course. Students must self-enrol in Quercus as soon as confirmed in the course in order to obtain course information.

Data plays an increasingly central role in both the interactions between individuals within the private sector and in the interactions between the individual and the state. Determining who may collect, access, use, or disseminate data impacts not only the shape of the new economy but also the protection of democratic values and civil liberties within our emerging information society. Most legal systems determine rights and obligations with respect to data in a variety of ways, including: constitutional protection of privacy and freedom of expression, data protection law such as access to information and privacy legislation, and common law doctrines including privacy and the law of confidential information. This course provides an overview of these areas of law, as well as emerging critiques and law reform proposals that are often driven by the challenges posed by new technologies and services such as social media, cloud computing, AI, blockchain, facial recognition, and the internet of things.

Will be by written 2-hour open book examination (50%) and one essay (3,750 words) (50%) due on the last day of the examination period.
Academic year
2020 - 2021

At a Glance

Second Term
Perspective course



60 JD


W: 11:00 am - 12:20 pm (in-class)
F: 9:30 am - 12:20 pm (hybrid: AV conference/in-class rotation)