Not currently available in 2020

Unit description

Examines Australia's private sector information privacy law regime in the context of current and emerging global imperatives and international trends in personal data protection. Catalysts for increasing concerns about privacy and data protection (technological, organisational and economic) are identified and explained and the Australian regulatory system compared with other international responses with the assistance of expert guest presenters.

Unit content

Topic 1: Dimensions of privacy and history of legal protection 
Topic 2: Information privacy - international background, catalysts for legal regulation and basic principles 
Topic 3: European Union Directive 95/46/EC on the Protection of Individuals with regard to the Processing of Personal Data and on the Free Movement of such Data and related developments 
Topic 4: The US experience - privacy certification schemes, 'Safe Harbor' framework and recent developments Topic 5: Privacy Act 1988 (Cth) 
Topic 6: Current issues: workplace, telecommunications and health (including genetic) privacy Technological solutions

Learning outcomes

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Commencing 2020 Commonwealth Supported only. Student contribution band: 1

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