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This micro-credential will look at the various ways in which the legal system seek to maintain the secrecy of information, or encourages its dissemination. It will look at the different ways in which information is treated when held by government as opposed to private entities. It will also use information as a vehicle to examine the law reform process through the responses to the changing way in which information is being generated and viewed in our society.


  1. Legal fundamentals of access, collection, use, storage and disclosure of information
  2. The role of legal systems in freedom of information and secrecy
  3. Government accountability in its use of information
  4. Law reform issues in relation to collection and use of information

Learning outcomes 

Upon successful completion, enrollees will have the knowledge and skills to:

  1. Investigate and critically evaluate complex legal problems arising from government use of information
  2. Identify legal issues relating to the way that government uses technology to gather, use, protect and disclose information
  3. Distinguish different public interest policies relating public management of personal data
  4. Engage in discussions on information law in the context of government use of new technologies

Indicative assessment 

1,200 word Research Blog: 75%; links to Learning Outcomes 1, 4

400 word-equivalent Quiz; 25%; links to Learning Outcomes 2, 3

Assumed knowledge 

This micro-credential is taught at graduate level and assumes the generic skills of a Bachelors or equivalent.

Micro-credential stack information 

This micro-credential may be undertaken as a stand-alone course or as part of a "stack". The three M-Cs proposed for this “Cyber Law" stack are:

  1. Introduction to Data and Cyber Law - Associate Professor Philippa Ryan
  2. Technology and Information Law - Daniel Stewart
  3. Legal models of Human/Machine Cognition - Associate Professor William Bateman


Course Code: DATA18

Workload: 43 hours 

  • Contact hours: 9 hours
  • Individual study and assessment: 34 hours

ANU unit value: 2 units

AQF Level: 9

Contact: Daniel Stewart, College of Law


This Micro-credential is taught at a graduate level.  This is not an AQF qualification.

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