LAWS 7015 Information and Data Governance Law and Policy

Credit Points 10

Legacy Code 200958

Coordinator Thillagavathy Rajaretnam Opens in new window

Description This unit focuses on the right to privacy and examines the legal framework for information privacy protection and data governance that are established by both international and domestic law and regulation. This unit introduces students to the theoretical approaches to information privacy and data governance law and policy. In particular, the unit focuses on the European Union Directives and Regulation; the OECD Guidelines for the Protection of Privacy and Trans Border Flows of Personal data and the impact of international laws and regulation on information privacy and data governance regulation and policy in Australia. The unit explores some of the challenges in providing effective information privacy protection and data governance in cyberspace as existing laws adapt to new and advanced information technological developments and their use.

School Law

Student Contribution Band HECS Band 4 10cp

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Level Postgraduate Coursework Level 7 subject

Restrictions Students must be enrolled in 2824 Master of Laws, 2810 Master of Laws (International Governance), 2826 Juris Doctor, 3748/3779 Master of Information Governance, 3775 Graduate Diploma in Information Governance, 3774 Graduate Certificate in Information Governance, 3698 Master of Information and Communication Technology (Advanced) or 3699 Master of Information and Communication Technology. Admission is by invitation only.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this subject, students should be able to:
  1. Evaluate the legal issues that arise from the use of information technologies in cyberspace;
  2. Critically analyse the current international and national legal framework and policy for information privacy and data governance laws and regulation to related legal issues;
  3. Effectively use critical thinking and research to resolve legal issues related to information and data governance in oral and/or written forms.

Subject Content

- introduction to international and national approaches to, and policies in, Privacy protection and data Governance
- information and data Governance legal frameworks in The European union and in Australia
- The impact of international and national laws and regulation on Privacy and data Governance policies
- The challenges for international and national regulators and data collectors in providing adequate and effective information protection and data Governance laws and regulation in cyberspace


The following table summarises the standard assessment tasks for this subject. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated, where there is a difference your Learning Guide takes precedence.

Item Length Percent Threshold Individual/Group Task
Oral Presentation 30 minutes (20 min presentation & 10 min for Q&A) 20 N Individual
Case Study 2,000 words 30 N Individual
Research Essay 2,500 words 50 N Individual

Prescribed Texts

  • Brian Fitzgerald et al, Internet and E-commerce Law Business and Policy (Thomson Reuters, 2nd ed, 2011).

Teaching Periods

2022 Semester 1

Parramatta - Victoria Rd


Subject Contact Thillagavathy Rajaretnam Opens in new window

Attendance Requirements 80% attendance rate is imposed in all core subjects’ due to the nature of class activities that are aligned with subject assessments.

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