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Upcoming Conferences

Upcoming Conferences

Free Conference: Friday, April 7, 2017

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

Friday, April 7 | 9:30am – 4:00pm

Ogilvie Auditorium, Chicago-Kent College of Law

The conference is free and open to the public, but registration is requested.

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. The participants will address these issues and more!

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

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

Tuesday, April 4 | 11:30am-1:00pm

Ogilvie Auditorium, Chicago-Kent College of Law

The lecture is free and open to the public, but registration is requested.

This year’s annual Piper Lecture in Labor Law will focus on workplace monitoring, including the privacy rights of employers and employees, from a comparative (USA-EU) perspective. The presenter will be Robert Sprague, Professor of Legal Studies in Business at the University of Wyoming.
This program is eligible for 1.25 hours of general IL MCLE credit.
Privacy Courses – 2016-2017

Privacy Courses – 2016-2017

Fall 2016

Spring 2017

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.

Genetics and Law

Genetics and Law

As scientists unravel the health and behavioral implications of the 20,000 genes in the human body, legal issues abound. Genetic tests are being offered to let people know if they are at risk of having a child with a genetic defect or if they will later in life suffer from cancer or other diseases. Genetic predispositions are also being investigated for certain behaviors, such as intelligence or anti-social behavior.

This course covers the tort law, family law, health law, constitutional law, criminal law, employment law, and insurance law implications of developments in genetics. Throughout, privacy issues are addressed as researchers, health care institutions, police, insurers and employers seek access to people’s genetic information.

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.

Law of Social Networks

Law of Social Networks

The seminar covers the application of privacy law, criminal law, legal ethics, employment law, school law, First Amendment law, defamation law, evidence law, intellectual property law, cyberlaw, and other precedents to social networks such as Facebook, Twitter, Reddit, and YouTube.

It deals with internet privacy, medical privacy and Constitutional privacy, including issues of how digital information is collected about people and how third parties (such as employers, insurers, police and courts) use that information.

E-Commerce

E-Commerce

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.

Beyond Bitcoin: Privacy, Money, Crime and a Better Digital Currency

Beyond Bitcoin: Privacy, Money, Crime and a Better Digital Currency

The National Aten Coin Foundation and Chicago-Kent College of Law invite you to the Aten Coin 2016 Conference. Join us for “Beyond Bitcoin: Privacy, Money, Crime and a Better Digital Currency.”

The Bitcoin competitor Aten Coin describes itself as “the next generation digital currency that utilizes proprietary techniques to verify ownership of coin holders, monitor secured transactions, identify senders and receivers, maintain transparency over record-keeping process, protect coins from theft.” What Aten Coin offers is good for controlling money laundering, but can raise concerns about privacy. The conflict reflects the dual nature of financial regulation. Anti-money-laundering and counter-terrorism law require identifying parties in financial transactions and filing reports on suspicious activity, but privacy regulations restrict the disclosure of personally identifying information.

Can we realize the gains from digital currencies in a coherent system of regulation that respects privacy while also taking adequate steps to against money laundering and terrorism? The conference will address this question and the effectiveness of Aten Coin in providing a solution.

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Exposed: Privacy, Security, and the Smart City

Exposed: Privacy, Security, and the Smart City

This one-day conference will focus on the privacy issues created by the ubiquitous surveillance of smart cities.

Chicago is leading the way in becoming a “smart” city, a city that tracks traffic, movement, energy use, cell phones and the like to run more efficiently. Privacy is the price. To live in the smart city is to live exposed. What will the exposed life be like? Can we find a balance between privacy rights and the benefits of massive data collection? What control should we have over our information? What roles should technology and the law play?

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