Privacy Law: Personal Data Under US and EU Law

Course Information

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Meeting Times

Day Time Location
FRI 10:35 am - 12:33 pm ONLINE

Evaluation Method

Type Date Time Location
Floating take-home exam (administered by Faculty Coordinator)


This course will be taught entirely online via Zoom.

For Spring 2021: If you are enrolled in Prof. Schmitt's International Law of Cyber Conflict class and would like to add this to your schedule, please email to request a time conflict override. This is a special one-time exception allowed for these two classes only, space permitting.

This course addresses the law of privacy and personal data protection under two leading, but quite different, legal frameworks. In May 2018, the world’s most comprehensive privacy law, the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), became effective. On this side of the pond, the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) went into effect in January 2020. In this course, we will review privacy fundamentals – principles, risks, and harms - within the U.S. legal framework, including consumer, financial, and health privacy, and recent state law developments. We will discuss and evaluate important aspects of the U.S. legal framework and the EU GDPR, taking into account the unique challenges posed by the evolution of digital data technology, including data aggregation, analytics, artificial intelligence, and the Internet of Things.

Textbooks ( * denotes required )

Consumer Privacy and Data Protection *
Solove, Daniel J. and Schwartz, Paul M.
Wolters Kluwer Law & Business , edition: 3
ISBN: 978-1-5438-3259-4
EU Data Protection and the GDPR *
Solove, Daniel J. and Schwartz, Paul M.
Wolters Kluwer Law & Business
ISBN: 978-1-5438-3263-1


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Important Class Changes

Date Updated
02/25/2021 Exam information updated