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Credit points: 15

Subject outline

Digital identities play an increasingly important role not only online, but in daily life. Our digital identities can include information we have shared online publicly, as well as private information held by companies, governments and other entities. These digital identities are increasingly used transnationally and may be created from data stored in various countries and subject to various privacy regimes. This subject explores key legal issues affecting our digital identity such as invasion of personal privacy, data protection and retention, surveillance and reputation management. It examines the legal frameworks and considers how an individual's right to control their online identity can be protected. Students will be introduced to comparative perspectives to the protection of privacy and digital identities drawing from UK, European Union and US legal systems.

SchoolLa Trobe Law School

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorAndre Oboler

Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 3 - UG

Available as ElectiveNo

Learning ActivitiesLectures, videos, readings, online discussion / problem - based learning.

Capstone subjectNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Completion of 60 credit points of LAW level 1 subjects and 60 credit points of LAW level 2 subjects


Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Quota Management StrategyN/A

Quota-conditions or rulesN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Minimum credit point requirementN/A

Assumed knowledgeN/A

Learning resources

Private Life in a Digital World

Resource TypeBook

Resource RequirementPrescribed

AuthorMargaret Jackson and Gordon Hughes, latest edition



PublisherLawbook Co


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Other descriptionN/A

Source locationN/A

will be provided with a range of resource material through the LMS.

Resource TypeBook

Resource RequirementRecommended






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Career Ready


Work-based learningNo

Self sourced or Uni sourcedN/A

Entire subject or partial subjectN/A

Total hours/days requiredN/A

Location of WBL activity (region)N/A

WBL addtional requirementsN/A

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

Graduate Capabilities

Intended Learning Outcomes

01. Explain key concepts relating to identity, privacy and surveillance in the context of life in a digital world.
02. Apply Australian case-based and statutory principles to a give fact situation relating to digital identity and issues such as information collection, data protection, data retention, data breach, privacy and surveillance.
03. Examine the different interests relevant to a given situation and consider the legal and ethical principles which are applicable to the situation.
04. Discuss a range of perspectives, views and interests that influence considerations of privacy and digital surveillance including the perspectives and legal positions taken in the UK, European Union and the US.

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