Personal Data Protection in Europe (SC)
Section 1, Fall 22
In 2016, the world of data protection was shaken by the adoption of the GDPR, the European General Data Protection Regulation. Although many aspects of this regulation already existed in European Law, the GDPR was nevertheless seen as ground-braking for a number of reasons. Among those, the fact that it created a unified data protection Law applicable to 500 million people; the fact that the sanctions for violating EU data protection law were considerably upscaled ; and that if some conditions apply, this regulation is to be respected by data controllers located outside of Europe. Those features made the GDPR very influential in the world; but it has also been criticized for its complexity and absence of compromise on certain questions, the complaint being that it is not business friendly. On top of that, the fact that the European Court of Justice struck down twice the adequacy decision which allowed the free transfer of personal data located in Europe to the US has created numerous problems for businesses on both sides of the Atlantic. In this light, understanding the basics of the GDPR is useful not only to grasp some fundamental notions about data protection, but also the context of current major issues for EU and US businesses in relation to data protection. This class will therefore introduce students to the basic concepts and principles of the GDPR and reflect on the current challenges the GDPR is facing, most notably the question of data transfers between the US and Europe.
Final Type (if any): Flex
Description: Students will be required to complete a Flex exam via EXPO with the answer(s) due to be uploaded by noon on Oct. 12th.
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Other Course Details
Prerequisites: None Concurrencies: None
Mutually Exclusive With: None
Laptops Allowed: Yes
First Day Attendance Required: Yes
Course Resources: To be announced.
*Satisfies Writing Requirement: No
**Credits For Prof. Skills Requirement: No
Satisfies Professional Ethics: No
*If “Yes,” then students are required to submit a substantial research paper in this course, which means students do not need to submit any form to SRO for this paper to meet their upper-level writing requirement. If “No,” then students must submit a “special request” e-form to SRO (available via LawWeb) no later than five weeks after the start of the term for a paper in this class to be counted toward the upper-level writing requirement.
**Yes indicates course credits count towards UVA Law’s Prof. Skills graduation requirement, not necessarily a skills requirements for any particular state bar.
Cross Listed: No
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Concentrations: Business Organization And Finance, International and National Security Law, Jurisprudence and Comparative Law
Public Syllabus Link: None
Evaluation Portal Via LawWeb Opens: Tuesday, September 20, 12:01 AM
Evaluation Portal Via LawWeb Closes: Thursday, October 06, 11:59 PM