Instructor(s): Lisa Austin

For graduate students, the course number is LAW6019HF.

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

The protection of privacy is increasingly seen to be of central importance to the emerging global information society. At the same time, it faces many threats from new technologies and the contexts in which these are used. This course will survey some of the most influential theories of privacy, as well as the dominant legal models for privacy protection, and ask whether they are sufficiently sensitive to contemporary challenges. This course will then use these critical resources to examine several new challenges in more detail. These will include the privacy challenges of Big Data and lawful access debates, and will include discussion of the review of Canada’s Bill C-51 and its information sharing provisions, Apple’s encryption fight with the FBI, and the Microsoft Ireland case concerning US access to data stored in Microsoft data centers located outside of the US.

Students will write two short papers (1,500 words each) on the course materials (50%). Students will be given feedback on each paper, and the papers are expected to build on the themes of the course and help to prepare students for the 48 hour take-home exam (3,000 words) (50%). The examination may be taken during any 48 hour period beginning the first day of the examination period and due no later than the set deadline for written work in the applicable term (see Take-home Policy for details).

At a Glance

First Term
Perspective course


18 JD


W: 4:10 - 6:00