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Undergraduate Module Descriptor

LAW3093: (European) Internet Law

This module descriptor refers to the 2018/9 academic year.

Module Content

Syllabus Plan

Whilst the module’s precise content may vary from year to year, it is envisaged that the syllabus will cover some or all of the following topics:


  • the introduction to the issues and the concept of the Internet law;
  • the need to protect fundamental rights online; development of data protection as a fundamental right; ePrivacy Directive and its implementation in the UK; General Data Protection Regulation and its implementation in the UK; further plans of EU Data Protection Reform and their impact after Brexit;
  • notions of: personal and sensitive data; data controller and data processor; informed consent; cookies; personal data breaches; security requirements; spam; content control; ISP liability;
  • different issues related to concluding contracts online, specifically online contracts of sale. Among discussed issues: privacy policies; terms of use; digital content; information requirements and provision of information online; non-conformity; right of withdrawal; lack of supply; an introduction to the system of online payments; e-Money Directive; Payment Services Directive; fraudulent transactions;
  • issues of intellectual property online: copyright law online; geo-blocking; usage restrictions; licenses; fair use; Digital Rights Management; domain names; virtual property; trademarks;

Learning and Teaching

This table provides an overview of how your hours of study for this module are allocated:

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad

...and this table provides a more detailed breakdown of the hours allocated to various study activities:

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activities2211 x 2 hour lecture
Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activities64 x 1.5 hour seminar
Guided Independent Study42Individual reading and lecture preparation
Guided independent study20Seminar preparation
Guided independent study20Formative assessment preparation
Guided independent study 40Summative assessment preparation

Online Resources

This module has online resources available via ELE (the Exeter Learning Environment).