Cybersecurity Breaches and Legal Liability Under Private Law

The purpose of this research project is to examine the interface of cybersecurity breaches and legal liability under private law, according to two perspectives:
  • the first perspective is to conduct a legal analysis on how current private law doctrines (both particular and general torts-based liability) respond to cybersecurity breaches. In addition to a critical-comparative examination of current law, the research will examine whether there is a need for a legal reform, in private law, that will craft explicit norms for cybersecurity breaches. In addition to general torts liability aspects, particular legal branches to be examined include (as an inconclusive list): privacy law; consumer law; software and computer law; insurance law, trade secrets and intellectual property liability regimes.
  • The second perspective of the research will attempt to examine and shape legal policy proposals based on field analysis of particular industries in areas that are either related to cybersecurity or that raise cybersecurity concerns: software companies; cybersecurity companies; "the internet of things" companies; autonomous cars and more and will be made in light of the legal analysis realized above.


Participants
  • UNIGE Faculty of Law
  • HUJI
    • Guy Pessach, Faculty of Law
    • Danny Dolev, Cyber Security Research Center at the School of Computer and Engineering
    • Omir Alter, Faculty of Law