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276.73 sec. 001 - California Privacy Law (Spring 2023)

Instructor: Lothar Determann  (view instructor's teaching evaluations - degree students only | profile)
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Units: 1
Grading Designation: Credit Only
Mode of Instruction: In-Person


Th 3:35 PM - 5:25 PM
Location: Law 240
From January 12, 2023
To February 23, 2023

Course Start: January 12, 2023
Course End: February 23, 2023
Class Number: 32514

Enrollment info:
Enrolled: 32
Waitlisted: 0
Enroll Limit: 34
As of: 08/24 11:03 PM

California privacy law is constantly evolving and leading the United States and other countries. In this course, you will be introduced to key aspects of U.S. Federal and California privacy law and explore this interesting field by working through cutting-edge research and writing assignments relating to my handbook, California Privacy Law - Practical Guide and Commentary on U.S. Federal and California Law (the 5th Ed. will be released in early 2023). No need to buy a copy of the book; I will make electronic copies of the manuscript available free of charge for editing and updating subject to a contributor agreement.

You earn one credit with this course. We will meet seven times for two-hour classes towards the beginning of the semester.

Throughout the course, you will work through reading, research, editing and writing assignments, as well as quizzes, on which you will be graded. You will receive credit based on research and editing assignments and contributions in class. There will be no in-class or take-home exam.

As a student in this class, you will
• complete 7 quizzes, one after each class
• read parts of the book California Privacy Law - Practical Guide and Commentary - Chapters 1 and 3-7, and within Chapter 2, specifically assigned subchapters (based on student interests)
• research specifically assigned California Privacy Law topics to prepare research summaries and update and edit book chapters to reflect new cases, statutes and legal developments after July 2020

Lothar Determann practices and teaches international data privacy, technology, commercial and intellectual property law.
At Baker McKenzie in San Francisco and Palo Alto, he has been counseling companies since 1998 on data privacy law compliance and taking products and business models international. Admitted to practice in California and Germany, he has been recognized as one of the top 10 Copyright Attorneys and Top 25 Intellectual Property Attorneys in California by the San Francis-co & Los Angeles Daily Journal and as a leading lawyer by Chambers, Legal 500, IAM and oth-ers. For more information see Contact:
Prof. Dr. Determann has been a member of the Association of German Public Law Professors since 1999 and teaches Data Privacy Law, Computer Law and Internet Law at Freie Universität Berlin (since 1994), University of California, Berkeley School of Law (since 2004), Hastings College of the Law (since 2010), Stanford Law School (2011) and University of San Francisco School of Law (2000-2005). He has authored more than 150 articles and treatise contributions as well as 5 books, including Determann’s Field Guide to Data Privacy Law (5th Edition, 2022, also available in Arabic, Chinese5German, Hungarian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish and Turkish) and California Privacy Law - Practical Guide and Commentary on U.S. Federal and California Law (5th Ed. 2023 forthcoming).
Recent papers include Healthy Data Protection (, Electronic Form over Substance (, No One Owns Data (

Completing Paul Schwartz's course on Information Privacy Law is recommended, but not strictly required.

Exam Notes: (None) Class requires a series of papers, assignments, or presentations throughout the semester
Course Category: Intellectual Property and Technology Law
This course is listed in the following sub-categories:
Public Law and Policy

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