Free Conference: Friday, April 7, 2017

Defending Our Data: Privacy, Security, And The Wave of Data Breaches

IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law will be hosting a free conference, “Defending Our Data: Privacy, Security, And The Wave of Data Breaches,” on Friday, April 7, 2017. The conference is open to the public and will feature leading experts on data security discussing what you can do and how the law falls short. For more information, and to register, click here.


Technology is changing the way in which intimate, personal information can become public and the law is racing to catch up with these changes. IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law is training the next generation of privacy and cybersecurity lawyers to deal with these cutting-edge issues.


TAKE CLASSES from renowned professors in the fields of data security, internet privacy, health care confidentiality, computer science, and the constitutional underpinnings of privacy.

WORK ON PROJECTS with faculty mentors, legislators, entrepreneurs, government agencies, non-profits, and CEOs addressing real-time privacy and data security questions such as: Can police officers download the contents of your phone when you are pulled aside for a routine traffic stop? Can marketing companies use your Google searches for health information to create a profile of you to sell to insurance companies? How should drone flights be regulated?

What actions should a company take when there is a data breach? Can an employer fire you because you are drinking beer in a Facebook photo…or because you have a genetic mutation that indicates you might use more health insurance?

BECOME A PRIVACY FELLOW to work closely with a faculty member and have a chance to write related articles or be involved with conferences.

FIND JOBS in the growing fields of internet privacy and data security. Meet IIT Chicago-Kent alumni in the field and view employment possibilities here and here.


TALK TO PROFESSORS who have tackled issues related to genetics, cyberspace, nanotechnology, financial institutions, crowdsourcing, predictive policing, drones, cybersecurity, and other issues related to emerging technologies.

ATTEND CUTTING–EDGE CONFERENCES on data security and internet privacy issues.

LEARN how to protect your research and your sources through encryption and other techniques.




IIT Chicago-Kent has been at the forefront of the social and legal issues raised by technology since the time of the IBM mainframe. The Chicago-Kent Privacy Program provides an opportunity for students, faculty members, policymakers, the media, and the public to assess the ways in which technologies present new challenges for privacy and data protection, as well as to develop technical and legal ways to better ensure privacy and improve data protection. The program offers courses, launches multi-year research projects, chooses student Privacy Fellows, and enables international collaborations.

In addition to academic research, the Chicago-Kent Privacy Program works with state and federal lawmakers, engages in community outreach and public education, offers classes and seminars, and holds free conferences for lawyers, engineers, journalists, computer scientists, reporters, policymakers, students, and the general public.