MLL444 - Special Topics in Cyber Law


2020 unit information

Enrolment modes: Trimester 3: Cloud (online)
Credit point(s): 1
EFTSL value: 0.125
Cohort rule:

For Bachelor of Laws (including combined Law awards) students only


Must have completed 8 law units

Corequisite: Nil
Incompatible with: Nil
Study commitment

Students will on average spend 150 hours over the teaching period undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for this unit.

Scheduled learning activities - cloud (online)
  • Online independent learning (pre-recorded material) (totalling 27 hours)
  • 3 x 1 hour e-seminars (live-streamed with recording provided)
  • 1 x 3 hour revision classes (live-streamed with recordings provided)


This unit has three modules.

Module 1 – Intellectual property and the internet. The following topics will be examined: What is the internet?; approaches to regulation; copyright law and specific internet issues such as peer-to-peer transactions and user-generated content; intermediary liability; intermediary involvement in remedial action. Domain names and their national and international regulation.

Module 2 – Privacy law and the internet. The following topics will be examined: Common law privacy protection – Australia, UK and US compared; debate over a statutory privacy tort in Australia. Data law and the internet: The current Commonwealth privacy and data protection regimes. Current laws and reform initiatives in relation to data breach. The Victorian privacy and data protection regime (eg health records). The role of the privacy/ data protection commissioner.

Module 3 – Current issues in cyber law. Many data breaches and cyber security “crimes” or harms are unprecedented. That is, the legal issues involved with such harms have not been articulated in the courts or legislature. Identifying potential legal issues in relation to internet dependent products and processes will be discussed in this module through guest lectures and student generated content.

The primary mode of delivery is online. There will be a three hour “launch” class at each campus in week 1. Students will receive an overview of the unit. The launch seminar will also provide instruction on use of Deakin online video services for assessment one and allow students to form or meet their groups.

After completing the online lectures, students will attend two “revision” classes. These will be conducted wholly online. Here, student generated MCQs will provide the content for the revision.

Hurdle requirement

Hurdle requirement: Students must submit all assessment tasks

Unit Fee Information

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