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IV2021 Legal Aspects of Information Security 7.5 credits

An advanced course on the legal aspects involved in the work of information security professionals.

Course offering missing for current semester as well as for previous and coming semesters
Headings with content from the Course syllabus IV2021 (Spring 2009–) are denoted with an asterisk ( )

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

The course consists of the following themes:

  • Law in a digital environment
  • Freedom of information and privacy protection
  • E-government
  • Intellectual property rights on the Internet
  • Intellectual property law and ownership in employment relationships
  • Designing a legal interface for contracting on the Internet
  • E-procurement
  • Electronic signatures in a legal context
  • Dispute resolution on the Internet
  • Criminal law in an internet environment

Intended learning outcomes

The overall aim of the course is to understand the general ICT security demands/criteria that emanate from a combination of the law and a specific application including subsequent demands on procedures and processes in international environments.

This means that the student should be able to

  • Define and describe vital concepts and procedures for contemporary legally relevant ICT oriented problem areas
  • Identify and report on some specific contemporary legally relevant ICT oriented problem area
  • Recognize, classify and apply definitions and descriptions on realistic cases in the intersection of the law and ICT
  • Analyze, compare and generate ideas for handling legal ICT problems
  • Report and present in scientific manners, written and orally, descriptions and analyzes of some current legal ICT issue or matter

Course disposition

The course consists of lectures and seminars

Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

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Recommended prerequisites

Principles of Computer Security/IV2024, 7,5 hp and Systems Theory and Security/IV2036, 7,5 hp, or the former course Introduction to Information Security and Its Environment/IV2018, 15 hp


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Cecilia Magnusson Sjöbeg (Ed.): IT Law for IT Professionals: an introduction (Upplaga: Första), Studentlitteratur, 2005, 91-44-03736-8

Recommended reading (not compulsory course literature):
Legal Management of Information Systems - Incorporating law in e-solutions
Cecilia Mangusson-Sjöberg (ed), Studentlitteratur 2005
ISBN 91-44-03735-y 

Examination and completion

If the course is discontinued, students may request to be examined during the following two academic years.

Grading scale

A, B, C, D, E, FX, F


  • PRO1 - Project, 3.7 credits, grading scale: P, F
  • TEN1 - Examination, 3.8 credits, grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F

Based on recommendation from KTH’s coordinator for disabilities, the examiner will decide how to adapt an examination for students with documented disability.

The examiner may apply another examination format when re-examining individual students.

Other requirements for final grade

The student needs to pass both the project assignment and the written exam. The final course grade is based on the grade of the written exam.

Opportunity to complete the requirements via supplementary examination

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Opportunity to raise an approved grade via renewed examination

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Ethical approach

  • All members of a group are responsible for the group's work.
  • In any assessment, every student shall honestly disclose any help received and sources used.
  • In an oral assessment, every student shall be able to present and answer questions about the entire assignment and solution.

Further information

Course web

Further information about the course can be found on the Course web at the link below. Information on the Course web will later be moved to this site.

Course web IV2021

Offered by

Main field of study

This course does not belong to any Main field of study.

Education cycle

Second cycle

Add-on studies

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Louise Yngström,, 08-16 16 10