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? What personal facts about you are financial institutions required to share with the government for anti-terrorism purposes? What are the rights of consumers when companies fail to protect their credit card numbers? 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?
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.
IIT Chicago-Kent has been at the forefront of the social and legal issues raised by technology since the time of the IBM mainframe. Its professors have tackled issues related to genetics, cyberspace, nanotechnology, financial institutions, crowdsourcing, predictive policing, drones, and cybersecurity. The Chicago-Kent Privacy Programs provides an opportunity for students, faculty members, policymakers 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.