Information Law and Information Security


Information Law and Information Security considers the actual and evolving issues posed by the digital age for law and policy.


To critically assess and analyse the impact and efficacy of current and prospective legal instruments designed to regulate the use and misuse of a variety of IT applications in the context of privacy, data protection, freedom of information,defamation and criminal activity.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this module the student should be able to:

1.   critically assess and evaluate contemporary legal issues and identify lacunas in the law in the context of parties' rights and duties and remedies

2.  anticipate and critically assess the drivers of change in the legal regulation of information law in the UK and EU

3.  critically appraise and contrast UK and EU and non-statutory bodies charged with regulating the use of IT applications and their respective roles.

4.  demonstrate enhanced skills of oral and written analysis and communication in constrained circumstances.

Indicative Content

1 Introduction

The implications of globalisation and IT in the context of privacy, surveillance, freedom of expression and crime.

2 Substantive Issues

Role of international bodies. Data protection in the digital age. Freedom of information in the digital age. Computer misuse/crime and information security. Enforcing personality rights in cyberspace.

3 Common Regulatory Issues

Regulating jurisdiction. Data surveillance by government and organs of the state and remedies. Data surveillance by private and business entities and remedies. Information security in the digital age.

4 Enforcement

The role of the UK and Scottish Information Commissioners. Tribunals. Consideration of tribunal decisions.

5 General Issues

The 'sui generis' approach to information law. Problems/issues associated with international/supranational/domestic regulation. Anticipating future challenges for information law.

Statement on Teaching, Learning and Assessment

Students engage in a seminar format, requiring the preparation of material for discussion and and critique in advance of class meetings. Seminars are student led with the tutor offering support and focus. High level critical analysis and synthesis of ideas from disparate areas, is required to build on contemporary academic commentary and case law to acknowledge multiple perspectives and contested knowledge. The module is assessed by 'inline' presentations made by students during weekly seminars and written opinions. Students will have an opportunity submit draft slides for formative feedback ahead of their scheduled inline presentations. In week 25 individual formative feedback will be given on structural and content issues in relation to one written opinion.

Teaching and Learning Work Loads

Total 200
Lecture 0
Tutorial/Seminar 26
Supervised Practical Activity 0
Unsupervised Practical Activity 0
Assessment 40
Independent 134

Guidance notes

Credit Value – The total value of SCQF credits for the module. 20 credits are the equivalent of 10 ECTS credits. A full-time student should normally register for 60 SCQF credits per semester.


We make every effort to ensure that the information on our website is accurate but it is possible that some changes may occur prior to the academic year of entry. The modules listed in this catalogue are offered subject to availability during academic year 2019/10 , and may be subject to change for future years.