Computer Crime Law

Information Introduction

Section 1, Spring 25

Schedule Information

Enrollment: /80
Credits: 3
Days Time Room Start Date End Date






1300-1400 SL278

Course Description

This course surveys the domestic legal framework governing computer crime and certain aspects of data privacy. Given modern capabilities, it is now possible for one person anywhere in the world to launch a sophisticated and potentially crippling attack on vital data networks. At the same time, it is possible for governments to collect information in bulk on a scale previously unimaginable. The course will explore the complex legal issues raised by these new capabilities and related technological advances. Topics will include the application of the Fourth Amendment to computers; the scope of criminal prohibitions on "hacking," such as the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act; and the scope of statutory provisions authorizing electronic surveillance, such as the Wiretap Act, the Pen/Trap statute, the Stored Communications Act, and the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act. The course will focus on the use of these laws in the criminal context, but some attention will also be given to their civil liability implications. Throughout the class, we will wrestle with the balance between privacy and law enforcement interests in this area. Although much of the course involves the application of legal principles to computer technology, no technical background or knowledge is required. A prior course in criminal procedure may be helpful, but is not required, and all Fourth Amendment concepts necessary for understanding the materials will be explained in class.

Course Requirements

Exam Information

Final Type (if any): Flex

Description: Flex exam at end of semester.

Other Course Details

Prerequisites: None Concurrencies: None

Exclusive With: None

Laptops Allowed: No

First Day Attendance Required: No

Course Resources: To be announced.

Graduation Requirements

Satisfies Understanding Bias/Racism/Cross-Cultural Competency requirement: No

Satisfies Writing Requirement: No

Credits For Prof. Skills Requirement: No

Satisfies Professional Ethics: No

Additional Course Information

Schedule No.: 125210236

Modified Type: Lecture

Cross Listed: No

Waitlist Count: 0

Concentrations: Criminal Justice , Intellectual Property , Law and Technology

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