This course is discontinued

JUTPRIV – Privacy, Data Protection and Lex Informatica

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Note: This course will be given a new code from spring semester 2006, and you will find all relevant information JUR5630 – Privacy, Data Protection and Lex Informatica (discontinued)

The primary aim of the course is to facilitate a solid understanding of legal policies on privacy and data protection, particularly in the context of distributed computer networks such as the Internet. More specifically, the course seeks to illuminate the rationale and regulatory logic of such policies along with the various technological challenges that they face.

The secondary aim of the course is to facilitate an understanding of the regulatory impact of information technology; that is, to analyse the significance and role of what has been termed “lex informatica” (Reidenberg).

The course seeks also to illuminate legal-regulatory issues related to freedom of expression, the increasing automatisation of decision-making processes, the increasingly cross-national character of organisational transactions, and the interaction of legal norms with the regulatory effects of IT and other non-legal instruments, such as sectoral codes of practice.

The themes taken up in the course may be summed up with the following key-words: privacy, data protection, surveillance, Internet, cyberspace, encryption, freedom of expression, automated decision making, rule of law, codes of practice, electronic commerce.

With respect to law on privacy and data protection, the primary points of departure for course discussion will be the 1995 EC Directive on data protection (Directive 95/46/EC of 24.10.1995) and case law pursuant to Article 8 of the 1950 European Convention on Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms (ECHR). Special attention will also be given to the 2002 EC Directive on privacy and electronic communications (Directive 2002/58/EC), Norway’s Personal Data Act of 2000 (Personopplysningsloven) and Germany’s Teleservices Data Protection Act of 1997 (Teledienstedatenschutzgesetz).”

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Recommended previous knowledge

Least 3 years of law studies.



Ordinary classroom lectures supplemented by e-mail discussion


6-hour written exam

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Every spring


Every spring

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