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Spring 2021

Course Description
US Privacy law is in a period of ferment and change. States have led the way, first in tort law, and now with 49 states now having data breach laws, to the Illinois’s regulation of biometrics, to the new controversial California privacy laws. Huge gaps remain, however, especially when compared to the European Union’s new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). The GDPR has extraterritorial provisions, so it reaches the conduct of US firms that do business in Europe. Privacy law also arises in the context of the Fourth Amendment, federal statutory and regulatory regimes such as FTC enforcement, medical privacy, and the Patriot Act.
Together these developments not only make up a large new body of law, they create a large demand for lawyers in multiple capacities: advising, litigating, lobbying, and structuring compliance. We will survey all these developments, primarily based around William McGeveran’s casebook, Privacy and Data Protection Law.

Course Schedule
Dates Day Time Room
01-25-2021 - 04-27-2021   TR  2:00 PM-3:15 PM DL

Course Frequency

Course Information

Credits: 3
Pass/Fail Option: No
Prerequisite: none
Corequisite: None
Grading: Graded
Method of Evaluation: Subject to class size; based on class participation and a final exam unless enrollment is very small.
Graduation Requirements Fulfilled By Course:
Special Attributes:
New Course
Course Delivery:
Online (all synchronous)
Special Restrictions:
Law Track(s): None
Bar Subject(s): None
Business Compliance and Sustainability (Area of Focus)   More information
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The Business of Innovation, Law and Technology: BILT (Concentration)   More information
Health Law (Area of Focus)   More information
Course Book(s):
Textbook Required:
  • Textbook Name: Privacy and Data Protection Law
    Textbook Type: Hardcover
    Requirement: Required
    Author: William McGeveran
    Publisher: Foundation Press
    Edition: 2016
    ISBN: 978-1683281597
First Class Assignment(s):
  • Assignment: The class webpage at is privacy protected to keep out search engines and interlopers. To access it use these credentials: user: privacy password: miami2021 You will also need to register for the Class Zoom at Due No Later than 24 Hours Before First Class: Please send me an email to from an account you’d like to be reached at. 1. Please be sure to put Privacy 2021: Your Name” in the subject line. Yes, substitute your actual name for “Your Name”. 2. In the text of the email please tell me a little about yourself. While doing so, consider (but don’t include) the things about yourself that you would not include in such an email. 3. But please do include–at the end–your preferred pronouns. (Mine are he/him/his.) 4. I’d be grateful if you could do this as soon as possible. Reading for our first class: 1. Read the Important Class Policies (Note important info about our first 2 classes in this memo) 2. Read Casebook (CB) pp 3-28 (a pdf is available from the class blog if you don’t have your case book yet). Further assignments will be found on the Syllabus, available on the class blog.

    William McGeveran, Privacy and Data Protection (1st ed. 2016). There is also an online supplement available at the class blog We expect additional 2021 updates to that supplement soon….

    TWEN/Blackboard/Course Webpage Link:

    Additional Information:
    IMPORTANT: the class webpage is privacy protected to keep out search engines and interlopers. To access it use these credentials -- user: privacy password: miami2021



Contact Information:
Phone: (305)284-4285
Office: G382