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This course examines privacy as an individual’s right under the law to have the freedom to make both meaningful decisions, and control the use of personal information held by others. The course will explore how the law is used by the government, at both the state and federal levels, to protect privacy in commercial organizations as new technologies and institutional practices emerge. The course traces the origins of the right to privacy in American law, and case studies of landmark privacy legislation help illustrate how expectations of privacy are translated into legal frameworks that affect daily life and commerce. The course also discusses the factors that help privacy professionals develop organizational frameworks and controls in order to provide private sector organizations with an approach to meeting regulatory requirements. Lastly, the course considers the impact of the growth of the Internet, the availability of cryptography, and other privacy-enhancing technologies on the future of private-sector privacy law in the United States.