Faculty of Law

Monash University

Postgraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2012 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

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6 points, SCA Band 3, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Law
OfferedNot offered in 2012
Coordinator(s)Associate Professor Moira Paterson


For postgraduate Law discontinuation dates, please see http://www.law.monash.edu.au/current-students/postgraduate/pg-disc-dates.html


This unit examines the various legal and policy issues relating to privacy and information security that arise in cyberspace. Students will be required to consider the range of technological and regulatory measures that are available, or required, to deal with the specific issues that arise in the context of this rapidly evolving communications and business medium. They will also be given the opportunity to fully explore the relevant technology, how the different privacy and security issues to which it gives rise interrelate and the application of the various regulatory mechanisms which have been designed to deal with these problems.


On completion of this unit, students should have an understanding of the impact of the internet on information and private space privacy and on the security issues which need to be resolved in the context of eCommerce and the mechanisms available to protect privacy and security in cyberspace, encompassing more specifically:

  1. An understanding of the different facets of privacy, including the distinction between privacy, secrecy and confidentiality;
  2. A detailed understanding of the mechanisms and methodologies used for surveillance, of the range of persons and entities that have an interest in such activities and of the potential impact on individuals;
  3. An understanding of how privacy and security may be compromised on the internet and the legal and policy implications of privacy and security infringements
  4. A detailed knowledge of privacy laws and their limitations as they operate in the online context;
  5. A broad understanding of other laws which protect the privacy and security of personal information;
  6. An awareness of the implications of the relevant international regulatory frameworks;
  7. Further development of legal research and writing and legal argument skills by undertaking systematic research into legal policy, rules and procedures relating to the protection of personal information in cyberspace;
  8. Further development of skills of presentation of legal concepts, rules and argument in an interactive seminar context.


Research Assignment (5,250 words): 70%
Take home examination (2,250 words): 30%

Chief examiner(s)

Associate Professor Moira Paterson

Contact hours

24 contact hours per semester (either intensive, semi-intensive or semester long, depending on the Faculty resources, timetabling and requirements)