INFOSEC 690L Internet Law & Policy


  • When:  Summer 2019 and fall 2019. This is a 3-credit, semester-length course. 
  •               Fall 2019
  • Where:  Online (with on-campus instruction)
  • Instructor:  Marvin Cable, Esquire
  • CPE Summer 2019 enrollment page; Fall 2019 enrollment page not open yet

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.

This course is pre-approved to count as an outside elective for the MS in Computer Science degree. 


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. 
Tuesday, May 29, 2018 to Friday, August 3, 2018
Monday, June 5, 2017 to Wednesday, July 26, 2017
Tuesday, September 4, 2018 to Wednesday, December 12, 2018
Tuesday, May 28, 2019 to Friday, August 2, 2019
Tuesday, September 3, 2019 to Wednesday, December 11, 2019
Class meets on: 
Marvin Cable, Esquire
May, 2019