Information Law (Advanced) module (LW41030)

Learn how the law guarantees Freedom of Information. Learn how it regulates the use of our personal data by the state, private companies, and organisations.

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Module code


Both governments and private entities (i.e. Google and Amazon) hold vast amounts of information and personal data. Both groups require this information to operate. Governments require it to carry out the functions of the state. Private entities gather personal data for their day-to-day operations.

Allowing governments and private entities to hold these vast reserves of information and personal data without scrutiny can cause problems. Unaccountable governments run the risk of poor management and corruption. Private entities misusing or losing personal data can cause substantial harm to an individual.

It is for these reasons that a working understanding of the laws which underpin these areas is key for future lawyers and graduates.

What you will learn

In this module you will:

  • learn about the development of the right to information. You will also learn how this right has been implemented in international and domestic law
  • learn how the European Union has sought to control how private entities process personal data through the General Data Protection Regulations
  • understand the actions taken by private entities in response to the implementation of the General Data Protection Regulations

By the end of this module, you will be able to:

  • locate, understand, and apply the relevant laws relating to freedom of information
  • explain and critically assess the operation of the economic model that incentivises private entities to gather and process vast amounts of personal data

Assignments / assessment

  • coursework (25%)
  • exam (75%)

Teaching methods / timetable

This module will be delivered through student-led seminars.

You will be expected to read prior to seminars and prepare for them. This will allow for a high level of engagement in your learning.

This module is available at Levels 3 and 4. You are only able to take one version of this module. Your adviser of studies will help you choose.


This module is available on following courses: