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Cyber Security Event: Your Data, Our Money

Cyber Security Event: Your Data, Our Money

Thank you for attending our informative panel on hot topics involving your data privacy.

From deceptive online ads and privacy policies to how to protect your ISP search history and how to position yourself for a career in the Cyber Security / Data Privacy field, this was an excellent discussion!


  • Matthew Wernz, Federal Trade Commission
  • Elizabeth De Armond, Chicago-Kent Professor
  • Aaron Charfoos, Litigation Attorney at DYKEMA

When and Where:

Wednesday, April 12 at 3:15p

Chicago-Kent College of Law (565 W. Adams St., Chicago, IL– Room 510)

Hosted By:

The Cyber Security and Data Privacy Society at Chicago-Kent College of Law

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

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

Free Conference: Friday, April 7, 2017

Friday, April 7 | 9:30am – 4:30pm

Ogilvie Auditorium, Chicago-Kent College of Law

Data breaches happen at the rate of over two a day and anyone can be a victim. The aggregate social cost is extremely high—not just because of the quantifiable cost to the organizations but also because of the loss of individuals’ privacy, instances of identity theft, and the increased sense of insecurity. Security experts have long explained how to defend better. So why do we still live with a large loss that we have the means to avoid? One reason is that current laws are ineffective. Laws—current and proposed—impose requirements aimed at improving information security. They typically require ‘reasonable’ or ‘appropriate’ security measures, but they provide little or no further guidance. The unending wave of data breaches reveals the inadequacy of the current legal regimes. At the Defending our Data Conference, the participants addressed these issues and more!

This program was eligible for 4.75 hours of general IL MCLE credit.

The conference was free and open to the public.

Conference Materials:

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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.

Free Conference: Friday, April 7, 2017

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.

39th Annual Kenneth M. Piper Lecture: The Monitored Workplace

39th Annual Kenneth M. Piper Lecture: The Monitored Workplace

Robert Sprague
Robert Sprague, Professor of Legal Studies in Business, University of Wyoming

Robert Sprague, Professor of Legal Studies in Business, University of Wyoming was the lecturer for the 2017 Kenneth M. Piper Lecture, “Smartphones and Fitbits: Wither Privacy in the Workplace?”  

In this lecture, Professor Sprague examined new ways in which employers can monitor the activities of their employees and their potential impact on worker privacy. Two experts provided commentary on the lecture.

This program was eligible for 1.25 hours of general IL MCLE credit.

  • Date: Tuesday, April 4 | 11:30am-1:00pm
  • Location: Ogilvie Auditorium, Chicago-Kent College of Law
  • Tickets: The lecture is free and open to the public, but registration is requested.

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Privacy Courses

Privacy Courses

Many other courses also touch on privacy law. Copyright Law includes cases related to privacy and data security. Energy Law covers the Smart Grid and the concerns that information about a person’s energy use will leak. Civil Procedure includes discovery matters that touch on private and confidential information. Entrepreneurship Law covers the privacy terms and conditions of contracts for online services.

Students have written papers on privacy and data security issues in Entertainment Law and New Technologies Law. In International and Comparative Labor and Employment Law students learn about privacy issues in the U.S., the E.U., and Germany.  In International and Comparative Antitrust, comparative law privacy issues are addressed.

Law of Privacy

Law of Privacy

Law of Privacy provides an overview of legal privacy tools in the United States and the challenges of regulating information privacy in an age when governments, private entities, and individuals all constantly seek and reveal information.

The course starts by examining the philosophical underpinnings of U.S. privacy law, including Warren and Brandeis’s landmark 1890 law review article The Right to Privacy. Subsequently, we will study constitutional privacy protections, federal and state surveillance laws and their application to emerging technologies, statutory privacy protections, tort law, and social norms.

We will also discuss privacy of particular kinds of data, including social media, school, and medical information. The course also examines defenses to assertions of privacy, such as First Amendment free speech rights. In addition, we will incorporate privacy developments in the news as they arise.



This course begins with online contracting and then moves on to a number of issues related to online information with a focus on online privacy and security. A main goal of the course is to place legal issues in an appropriate technical context.

The course does not require technical knowledge of computers or programming, but it does open technical “black boxes” to ensure a realistic and relevant discussion of legal issues. In particular, the course examines the use of predictive analytics (“big data”) for a variety of business and security purposes.

Programming for Lawyers

Programming for Lawyers

Computer programming has become a vital skill even for non-technical professionals. It is also essential for anyone who wants to “open the black box” and look inside the factors shaping contemporary life. The course is an introduction to programming and to legal issues of current concern.

It introduces students to programming in Python, software design, and basic data science techniques. It also opens the black box on several legal issues shaping our contemporary world. Programs and programing concepts create novel problems and solutions in current debates about privacy, police powers, intellectual property, consumer protection, and anti-discrimination.

Programing examples will be connected to topics such as predictive policing and the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act. No prior knowledge programming is required.

Health Law Survey

Health Law Survey

This course surveys the intersection of the American legal system with the finance, delivery, organization, and regulation of health care. Topics to be covered include health care cost and access issues, health care policy and financing, and health care regulatory issues. Each of these broad subjects brings to the field of health law a number of fascinating and at times controversial legal and ethical problems which we will selectively explore. Our studies cover data privacy and security, regulatory compliance with an emphasis on Fraud, Abuse, Stark and Civil Monetary Penalty transactions, government and private health insurance benefits with an emphasis on the Accountable Care Act, professional and institutional responsibility and liability, tax exemption and governance of healthcare institutions.

Professor Joan Lebow, who teaches this course, is also the author of the chapter on Confidentiality and Privacy (Chapter 36) in The Law of Medical Practice in Illinois since 2007.