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Credit points: 15

Subject outline

Privacy and surveillance regulation features prominently in contemporary public debate in Australia. This subject explores key legal and policy issues arising in various dimensions of privacy including invasion of personal privacy, data protection and retention, and surveillance. It will explore how the current legal frameworks address surveillance in the digital world and how laws and policies should regulate threats to privacy posed by the use of technology. It will introduce students to comparative perspectives relating to the protection of privacy against intrusions and unauthorised disclosures, and relating to data privacy. Case studies will be drawn from Australia, the UK, the European Union and the US. It will call for students to engage with a range of relevant perspectives, views and interests. Understanding of key issues is deepened by examining theoretical, constitutional, ethical and international contexts. The subject also exposes students to ethical dilemmas associated with privacy and surveillance, and enhances their capacity to develop strategies to address such issues.

SchoolLa Trobe Law School

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorDavid Watts

Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 5 - Masters

Available as ElectiveNo

Learning ActivitiesActivities such as readings (e.g. textbook, journal articles, case law, legislation), discussions. Problem scenario, role play.

Capstone subjectNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Admission into SMCYL - Master of Cybersecurity (Law)SMCYB - Master of Cybersecurity (Business Operations)SMCYC - Master of Cybersecurity (Computer Science)SMCYCO - Master of Cybersecurity (Computer Science) SMCYLO - Master of Cybersecurity (Law) SMCYBO - Master of Cybersecurity (Business Operation)LMJD - Juris Doctor LMLGBL - Master of Laws in Global Business Law LML - Master of Laws LMCL - Master of Commercial Law LMLAW - Master of Laws LMLE - Master of Law and Entrepreneurship


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

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. Critically evaluate key concepts relating to surveillance privacy in the online context
02. Explain and critique Australian case-based and statutory principles relating to information collection, data protection, data retention, surveillance and privacy in the digital age.
03. Evaluate the relevance and application of rules and principles from case law and legislation to a problem raised in a given fact situation.
04. Consider a range of perspectives, views and interests that influence considerations of surveillance and privacy in the digital age and argue for a particular perspective or interest
05. Compare and contrast Australian privacy protections with that of comparable jurisdictions, such as the UK, the European Union and the US, drawing on legislation and case law

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