Law 452A – Fall Term 2003

Information Law – 3 credits

: Dr. Samuel E. Trosow

27 Law Building x82282

275D Middlesex College x88498

Class Meetings
: Thursday, 2-4:50 p.m.

Office Hours:

27 Law Building: Thursday 11am-12
275 D Middlesex : Monday 11am-12, Tuesday 11am-12
and by appointment

Description: This developing area of the law deals with the legal aspects of the relationship between society and information technology. The course focuses on areas of public and private law concerned with the regulation of computer systems as well as the development, distribution and use of computer products and services.

Information law is an area of law in which attempts are being made to cope with rapidly changing conditions in our society. This course will consider these changes (including the implications of new technology and globalization) for information transfer in our society. We will look in depth at the responses made by different jurisdictions to these changes with an emphasis on a Canadian perspective. We will examine recent developments in areas of law such as privacy, access to information, intellectual property, as well as relevant developments in constitutional, criminal, contract and tort law, which have grappled with information-related issues. We will also consider attempts to create systematic national and international information policies in these areas and discuss future possibilities.

Readings:                   Drapeau & Racicot, Federal Access to Information and Privacy
                                                Legislation Annotated 2003
                                   Supplemental Readings: (TBA)

                                    Class Participation (10%)

Research memo (20%)

Development of series of written assignments culminating in a written paper for a total of (70%)

(This paper will satisfy the Faculty of Law writing requirement and may also satisfy the Information and Technology Law area of concentration writing requirement.)

Tentative Schedule:

Week 1 (September 4rd): Course Introduction

Week 2 (September 11th): Access to Information I

Week 3 (September 17th): Access to Information II

Week 4 (September 25th): Access to Information III

Week 5 (October 2ndt): Access to Information IV

Week 6 (October 9th):

Week 7 (October 16th): Privacy

Week 8 (October 23nd): Privacy II

Week 9 (October 30th): Privacy III

Week 10 (November 6th): Privacy IV

Week 11 (November 13th):

Week 12 (November 20th):

Week 13 (November 27th):

Week 14 (December 4tg):

Reserve Readings:

Selected Web Resources:

Federal Access to Information Act

· Access to Information Act (R.S. 1985, c. A-1)

· Office of the Information Commissioner of Canada

· Searchable database of access requests

Federal Privacy Legislation

· Privacy Act (R.S. 1985, c. P-21)

· Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (2000, c. 5 )

· Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada

Provincial Legislation

· Directory of Provincial Privacy Legislation:

· Alberta Information & Privacy Commissioner:

· British Columbia Information & Privacy Commissioner:

· Nova Scotia Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Review Office:

· Ontario Information & Privacy Commissioner:

· Quebec: Commission d'accès à l'information du Québec:

Foreign Commissioners

· Australia Office of the Federal Privacy Commissioner:

· France - Commission Nationale de l'Informatique et des Libertés:

· Ireland Data Protection Commissioner:

· New Zealand Office of the Privacy Commissioner:

· UK Information Commissioner:

Organizational Websites

· Canada Access and Privacy Association (CAPA):

· Center for Democratic Technology (CDT):

· Canadian Marketing Association (Regulatory Affairs):

· Direct Marketing Association (DMA):

· Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC):

· Open Government Canada:


· Privacy Rights Clearinghouse:

 revised Sept. 11, 2003 (SET)