LLAW6046 & JDOC6046 (Class B)

General Course Information

1.1 Course details

Course code: LLAW6046 / JDOC6046 (Class B)
Course name: Privacy and Data Protection
Programme offered under: LLM Programme / JD Programme
Semester: First
Prerequisites / Co-requisites: No
Credit point value: 9 credits / 6 credits

1.2 Course description

This course will explore privacy and data protection in an increasingly interconnected data economy. The Personal Data (Privacy) Ordinance and the data protection principles in particular will be studied in depth, making reference to relevant court judgments and Administrative Appeal Board cases. Emphasis will be made to the balance between privacy on the one hand and the other cyber security. The challenges posed by technological innovations and applications like the risk of cyber threats. Specific topics to be addressed will include: (a) the concept of privacy and the genesis and development of its political, philosophical and economic underpinnings; (b) global developments and international cooperation; (c) privacy and media intrusion; (d) regulation of direct marketing; (e) Privacy Commissioner for Personal Data: powers, functions and enforcement; and (f) doxxing. The course will focus on the Hong Kong situation as well as include discussions about setting up a compliance framework and management system.

1.3 Course teachers

Name E-mail address Office Consultation
Course convenor Angus Young alyoung@hku.hk CCT 301 By email

Learning Outcomes

2.1 Course Learning Outcomes (CLOs) for this course

CLO 1 Be able to give a detailed explanation of the concepts of privacy and data protection and be able to identify and explain the values at issue in laws dealing with these subjects.

CLO2 Be conversant with and able to critically assess the key general laws (statutory and other) that protect information privacy, with special emphasis on the relevant laws in Hong Kong.

CLO 3 Be familiar with the relevant laws in other jurisdictions, and be able to comparatively assess the similarities and differences between these laws and the relevant laws in Hong Kong.

CLO 4 Be familiar with the various regulatory strategies and compliance practices for privacy and data protection, and be able to critically assess their merits.

CLO 5 Be familiar with and able to assess the challenges to privacy and data protection in an era of rapid advances in information and communication technologies.

CLO 6 Be skilled in researching and using Hong Kong, regional and international materials concerning privacy and data protection, with special emphasis on using internet-based resources.

2.2 LLM and JD Programme Learning Outcomes (PLOs)

Please refer to the following link:

LLM – https://course.law.hku.hk/llm-plo/

JD – https://course.law.hku.hk/jd-plo/

2.3 Programme Learning Outcomes to be achieved in this course



3.1 Assessment Summary

Assessment task Due date Weighting Feedback method* Course learning outcomes
Research assignment 5 Nov 2023 40% 1, 2, 3, 4 ,5, 6
Take home exam 7 Dec 2023 60% 1, 2, 3, 4 ,5, 6
*Feedback method (to be determined by course teacher)
1 A general course report to be disseminated through Moodle
2 Individual feedback to be disseminated by email / through Moodle
3 Individual review meeting upon appointment
4 Group review meeting
5 In-class verbal feedback

3.2 Assessment Detail

To be advised by course convenor(s).

3.3 Grading Criteria

Please refer to the following link: https://www.law.hku.hk/_files/law_programme_grade_descriptors.pdf

Learning Activities

4.1 Learning Activity Plan

Seminar: 3 hours / week for 12 teaching weeks
Private study time: 9.5 hours / week for 12 teaching weeks

Remarks: the normative student study load per credit unit is 25 ± 5 hours (ie. 150 ± 30 hours for a 6-credit course), which includes all learning activities and experiences within and outside of classroom, and any assessment task and examinations and associated preparations.

4.2 Details of Learning Activities

To be advised by course convenor(s).

Learning Resources

5.1 Resources

Reading materials: Reading materials are posted on Moodle
Core reading list: TBA
Recommended reading list: TBA

5.2 Links

Please refer to the following link: http://www.law.hku.hk/course/learning-resources/