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Global Data Privacy Law
Last Updated Date:   1 July 2022


5 Credits,  Semester 1

Course Description:
Individuals today face increasing risks to the privacy and security of their personal information and there are growing concerns over how such information may be used or misused. Many countries have enacted new data privacy laws, or amended their existing laws, in recent years to enhance the protection of individuals’ personal information. While there are often many similarities in the specific requirements of such laws, countries’ objectives and approaches often differ with some focusing primarily on the protection of individual rights and freedoms, others emphasising the role of data in the digital economy and cross-border trade and yet others leveraging their laws to enhance national security and promote national development. Companies operating globally are thus required to navigate an increasingly complex legal environment.

This module will explore the main themes and approaches in global data privacy law in light of various international frameworks (OECD, APEC, ASEAN) and a cross-section of national laws from North America, Europe and Asia. This module will also examine mechanisms for cross-border transfers of personal information and consider how companies address data privacy issues in a global context. As this area of law continues to face new challenges arising from developments in business and technology, this module will conclude by examining the role of data privacy laws in regulating digital technology, AI and machine learning and cybersecurity.

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Course Convenor: Adjunct A/P David N. Alfred

Co-teacher(s): NA

Module Codes: LL4433V / LL5433V / LL6433V / LLJ5433V

Contact Hours: 3hr weekly seminar

Workload: 3 hours

Mode of Assessment: Class Participation - 15%; Individual Report (1,000 words) - 25% & 6-Hr Take Home Exam – 60% [Release: Fri, 18 Nov 2022 (9am); Due: Fri, 18 Nov 2022 (3pm)]

Preclusions: LL4433/LL5433/LL6433 Global Data Privacy Law

Prerequisites: NUS Compulsory Core Law Curriculum or common law equivalent.

Examination Date: Different Mode of Examination

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