INFOSEC 690L Internet Law & Policy

INFOSEC 690L Internet Law & Policy




  • When:  June 5–July 26, 6pm–8pm.  This is a 3-credit, semester-length course that is scheduled at an accelerated pace of 8 weeks.  Each week is comprised of two 2-hour sessions.
  • Where:  Students can choose to take the class 1) in-person at the UMass Center in Springfield, Mon/Wed 6pm-8pm; 2) or as remote participants.  All class sessons will be recorded, which online students can view later in the day or week.  Readings, discussions forums, and other interactive sessions are required of remote participants.  
  • Instructor:  Marvin Cable, Esquire
  • CPE enrollment page

Summary: This course is meant for those looking for practical legal knowledge for use in Internet related endeavors. This course provides basic legal knowledge for Internet related legal issues with a focus on practical information for use by computer professionals.

The syllabus will cover the following topics (changes may occur before the course begins):

  • Basics of the internet:
    • History of the internet;
    • Physical structure of the internet;
    • Governance of the internet
  • Basics of the law:
    • Laws, statutes, regulations, common law, stare decisis, treaties, and the interactions between them;
    • Issues of local, state, federal, and international laws; o Jurisdiction related issues.
  • Contracts:
    • Basics of contract law;
    • Common examples of contracts, e.g., employment agreements, work for hire.
  • Substantive laws:
    • The Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA);
    • Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPPA);
    • Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA);
    • Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA);
    • Laws dealing with protection of private information, e.g., social security numbers, credit cards;
    • We will study other sets of laws, too, depending on class interest.
  • Intellectual property law:
    • Copyright;
    • Trademark and unfair business;
    • Patent.
  • Ethics:
    • Basic ethical dilemmas;
    • Whitehat versus blackhat;
    • Whistle blowing.
  • Dealing with third parties:
    • Subpoenas;
    • National Security Letters
    • Requirements for safeguarding data for, and from, third parties;
    • Litigation basics.
  • Dealing with employees and internal business relations
    • Employee privacy;
    • Intellectual property issues with employees and organizations.
  • Policy issues:
    • Privacy;
    • Freedom of speech;
    • Open internet / Net neutrality.