Woody Hartzog

Woodrow Hartzog

Professor of Law

Class of 1960 Scholar

BA, Samford University
JD, Samford University’s Cumberland School of Law
LLM, The George Washington University Law School
PhD, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill


Biography

Professor Hartzog is internationally recognized for his work in privacy and technology law. He has been influential in the debate over privacy and surveillance rules and in the creation and enforcement of information and technology laws. His publications focus on the complex problems that arise when people, organizations, and governments use powerful new technologies to collect, analyze, and share human information.

Professor Hartzog’s work has been published in numerous scholarly publications such as the Yale Law JournalColumbia Law ReviewUniversity of Chicago Law Review, California Law Review, Notre Dame Law Review, and Michigan Law Review and popular national publications such as The Guardian, Wired, BBC, CNN, Bloomberg, New Scientist, Slate, The Atlantic, and The Nation. He has testified multiple times before Congress on data protection issues and served as a commissioner on the Massachusetts Special Commission on Facial Recognition. He is the author of Privacy’s Blueprint: The Battle to Control the Design of New Technologies, published in 2018 by Harvard University Press, and the co-author of Breached! Why Data Security Law Fails and How to Improve It, published in 2022 by Oxford University Press (with Daniel Solove).

Professor Hartzog is a Faculty Associate at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University, a Non-resident Fellow at The Cordell Institute for Policy in Medicine & Law at Washington University, an Affiliate Scholar at the Center for Internet and Society at Stanford Law School, and an External Affiliate of the Cybersecurity and Privacy Institute at Northeastern University. Professor Hartzog serves on the advisory board for the Electronic Privacy Information Center and the Future of Privacy Forum.

Before joining Boston University School of Law, Professor Hartzog was a Professor of Law and Computer Science at Northeastern University’s School of Law and Khoury College of Computer Sciences and the Starnes Professor of Law at Samford University’s Cumberland School of Law. Professor Hartzog has also served as a Visiting Professor at Notre Dame Law School and the University of Maine School of Law. He previously worked as an attorney in private practice and as a trademark attorney for the United States Patent and Trademark Office. He also served as a clerk for the Electronic Privacy Information Center.

Publications

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  • Woodrow Hartzog, Evan Selinger & Johanna Gunawan, Privacy Nicks: How the Law Normalizes Surveillance Washington University Law Review (2024)
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  • Brief of Amici Curiae Privacy and First Amendment Law Professors in Support of Defendant-Appellant and Reversal
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  • National Telecommunications and Information Administration: Comments from Researchers at Boston University and the University of Chicago Boston University School of Law Research Paper Series (2023)
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  • Woodrow Hartzog, What STS Can (and Can’t) Do for Law and Technology JOTWELL (2023)
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  • Comments of the Cordell Institute for Policy in Medicine & Law at Washington University in St. Louis Federal Trade Commission Docket (2022)
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  • Woodrow Hartzog & Daniel Solove, Breached!: Why Data Security Law Fails and How to Improve It (2022)
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  • Woodrow Hartzog & Neil M. Richards, The Surprising Virtues of Data Loyalty 71 Emory Law Journal (2022)
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  • Woodrow Hartzog & Neil Richards, Legislating Data Loyalty 97 Notre Dame Law Review Reflection (2022)
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  • Johanna Gunawan, David Choffnes, Woodrow Hartzog & Christo Wilson, The COVID-19 Pandemic and the Technology Trust Gap 51 Seton Hall Law Review (2021)
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  • William D. Smart, Cindy M. Grimm & Woodrow Hartzog, An Education Theory of Fault For Autonomous Systems 2 Notre Dame Journal on Emerging Technologies (2021)
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  • Neil M. Richards & Woodrow Hartzog, A Duty of Loyalty for Privacy Law 99 Washington University Law Review (2021)
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  • Woodrow Hartzog, What is Privacy? That’s the Wrong Question 88 The University of Chicago Law Review (2021)
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  • Johanna Gunawan & Woodrow Hartzog, The Case of the Nosy Neighbors, in MIT Case Studies in Social and Ethical Responsibilities of Computing (2021)
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  • Woodrow Hartzog & Neil M. Richards, Privacy's Constitutional Moment and the Limits of Data Protection 61 Boston College Law Review (2020)
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  • Woodrow Hartzog, BIPA: The Most Important Biometric Privacy Law in the US?, in Regulating Biometrics: Global Approaches and Urgent Questions (Amba Kak,2020)
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  • Neil Richards & Woodrow Hartzog, A Relational Turn for Data Protection? 6 European Data Protection Law Review (2020)
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  • Woodrow Hartzog, The Public Information Fallacy 99 Boston University Law Review (2019)
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  • Neil M. Richards & Woodrow Hartzog, The Pathologies of Digital Consent 96 Washington University Law Review (2019)
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  • Jessica Silbey & Woodrow Hartzog, The Upside of Deep Fakes 78 Maryland Law Review (2019)
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  • Evan Selinger & Woodrow Hartzog, The Inconsentability of Facial Surveillance 66 Loyola Law Review (2019)
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  • Woodrow Hartzog, Privacy’s Blueprint: The Battle to Control the Design of New Technologies (2018)
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  • Woodrow Hartzog, The Case Against Idealising Control 4 European Data Protection Law Review (2018)
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  • Woodrow Hartzog, Body Cameras and the Path to Redeem Privacy Law 96 North Carolina Law Review (2018)
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  • Woodrow Hartzog, Are Privacy Laws Deficient? 2 International Journal for the Data Protection Officer, Privacy Officer and Privacy Counsel (2018)
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  • Neil M. Richards & Woodrow Hartzog, Privacy's Trust Gap 126 Yale Law Journal (2017)
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  • Neil M. Richards & Woodrow Hartzog, Trusting Big Data Research 65 DePaul Law Review (2017)
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  • Woodrow Hartzog, The Inadequate, Invaluable Fair Information Practices 76 Maryland Law Review (2017)
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  • Woodrow Hartzog, On Questioning Automation 48 Cumberland Law Review (2017)
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  • Woodrow Hartzog, Privacy and Terms of Use, in Social Media and the Law: A Guidebook for Communication Students and Professionals (Daxton R. Stewart,2017)
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  • Woodrow Hartzog, Et tu, Android?: regulating dangerous and dishonest robots 5 Journal of Human-Robot Interaction (2016)
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  • Lisa A. Shay, Woodrow Hartzog, John Nelson, Dominic Larkin & Gregory Conti, Confronting Automated Law Enforcement, in Robot Law (Ryan Calo, A. Michael Froomkin, & Ian Kerr,2016)
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  • Woodrow Hartzog & Evan Selinger, The Internet of Heirlooms and Disposable Things 17 North Carolina Journal of Law and Technology (2016)
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  • Ira S. Rubinstein & Woodrow Hartzog, Anonymization and Risk 90 Washington Law Review (2016)
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  • Evan Selinger & Woodrow Hartzog, Obscurity and Privacy, in Spaces for the Future: A Companion to Philosophy of Technology (Joseph C. Pitt & Ashley Shew,2016)
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  • Woodrow Hartzog, Gregory Conti, John Nelson & Lisa A. Shay, Inefficiently Automated Law Enforcement 2015 Michigan State Law Review (2016)
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  • Lisa A. Shay, Woodrow Hartzog, John Nelson & Gregory Conti, Do Robots Dream of Electric Laws? An Experiment in Law as Algorithm, in Robot Law (Ryan Calo, A. Michael Froomkin, & Ian Kerr,2016)
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  • Neil Richards & Woodrow Hartzog, Taking Trust Seriously in Privacy Law 19 Stanford Technology Law Review (2016)
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  • Woodrow Hartzog & Daniel J. Solove, The Scope and Potential of FTC Data Protection 83 George Washington Law Review (2015)
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  • Woodrow Hartzog, Unfair and Deceptive Robots 74 Maryland Law Review (2015)
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  • Evan Selinger & Woodrow Hartzog, Facebook’s emotional contagion study and the ethical problem of co-opted identity in mediated environments where users lack control 12 Research Ethics (2015)
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  • Woodrow Hartzog & Evan Selinger, Increasing the Transaction Costs of Harassment 95 Boston University Law Review Annex (2015)
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  • Woodrow Hartzog & Evan Selinger, Surveillance as Loss of Obscurity 72 Washington and Lee Law Review (2015)
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  • Gregory Conti, Lisa A. Shay & Woodrow Hartzog, Deconstructing the Relationship Between Privacy and Security [Viewpoint] 33 IEEE Technology and Society Magazine (2014)
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  • Daniel J. Solove & Woodrow Hartzog, The FTC and the New Common Law of Privacy 114 Columbia Law Review (2014)
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  • Woodrow Hartzog, Reviving Implied Confidentiality 89 Indiana Law Journal (2014)
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  • Woodrow Hartzog, The Value of Modest Privacy Protections in a Hyper Social World 12 Colorado Technology Law Journal (2014)
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  • Woodrow Hartzog, Here's to the right to be partially forgotten 220 NewScientist (2013)
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  • Woodrow Hartzog, A stronger 'online eraser' law would be a mistake 220 NewScientist (2013)
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  • Lisa A. Shay, Gregory Conti & Woodrow Hartzog, Beyond sunglasses and spray paint: A taxonomy of surveillance countermeasures, International Symposium on Technology and Society (ISTAS) (2013)
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  • Woodrow Hartzog, The Fight to Frame Privacy 111 Michigan Law Review (2013) (book review)
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  • Woodrow Hartzog & Frederic D. Stutzman, Obscurity by Design 88 Washington Law Review (2013)
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  • Woodrow Hartzog & Evan Selinger, Big Data in Small Hands 66 Stanford Law Review Online (2013)
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  • Woodrow Hartzog & Frederic Stutzman, The Case for Online Obscurity 101 California Law Review (2013)
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  • Woodrow Hartzog, Social Data 74 Ohio State Law Journal (2013)
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  • Woodrow Hartzog, Chain-Link Confidentiality 46 Georgia Law Review (2012)
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  • Woodrow Hartzog, Website Design as Contract 60 American University Law Review (2011)
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  • Woodrow Hartzog, The New Price to Play: Are Passive Online Media Users Bound by Terms of Use 15 Communication Law and Policy (2010)
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  • Woodrow Hartzog, The Privacy Box: A Software Proposal 14 First Monday (2009)
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  • Woodrow Hartzog, Promises and Privacy: Promissory Estoppel and Confidential Disclosure in Online Communities 82 Temple Law Review (2009)
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  • Woodrow Hartzog, Falling On Deaf Ears: Is the "Fail-Safe" Triennial Exemption Provision in the Digital Millennium Copyright Act Effective in Protecting Fair Use? 12 Journal of Intellectual Property Law (2005)
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  • Woodrow Hartzog, Gaining Momentum: A Review of Recent Developments Surrounding the Expansion of the Copyright Misuse Doctrine and Analysis of the Doctrine in its Current Form 10 Michigan Telecommunications and Technology Law Review (2004)
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  • Woodrow Hartzog, The Magic Lantern Revealed: A Report of the FBI's New Key Logging Trojan and Analysis of its Possible Treatment in a Dynamic Legal Landscape 20 John Marshall Journal of Computer & Information Law (2002)
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In the Media

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  • Forbes February 1, 2024

    Look What You Made Me Do: Why Deepfake Taylor Swift Matters

    Jessica Silbey and Woodrow Hartzog’s research is referenced.
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  • Billboard January 31, 2024

    The Taylor Swift Deepfakes Were Awful. How Do We Stop the Next One?

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  • Tech Policy.Press January 8, 2024

    Reviewing Amicus Briefs Filed in Appeal of California Age Appropriate Design Code Act Injunction

    Woodrow Hartzog’s work is featured.
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  • New York Times December 21, 2023

    Rite Aid’s AI Facial Recognition Wrongly Tagged People of Color as Shoplifters

    Woodrow Hartzog is quoted.
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  • Modern Law- Droit Moderne December 14, 2023

    Episode 33: Woodrow Hartzog on the Dangers of Regulating AI with Half Measures

    Woodrow Hartzog is interviewed.
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  • Boston Business Journal November 9, 2023

    Massachusetts Is on the Cutting Edge of Regulating Tech Companies

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  • San Francisco Chronicle October 27, 2023

    This Is Where AI Doesn’t Belong, according to Experts

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  • S&P Global Commodity Insights October 26, 2023

    Power of AI: Oil Sector Faces Dual Realities of AI’s Opportunities, Drawbacks

    Woodrow Hartzog is quoted.
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  • BU Office of Research October 25, 2023

    Research on Tap: Toward Responsible AI: Privacy, Fairness, and Accountability

    Stacey Dogan, Woodrow Hartzog and Christopher Robertson are featured.
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  • The Brink October 24, 2023

    We Need Stronger Safeguards from Artificial Intelligence

    Woodrow Hartzog pens an opinion.
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  • Tech Policy Press October 20, 2023

    Evaluating the Argument Over the California Age Appropriate Design Code Act

    Woodrow Hartzog is quoted.
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  • Zero Hedge October 18, 2023

    Financial Crisis “Nearly Unavoidable” without AI Regulation, SEC’s Gensler Warns

    Woodrow Hartzog is featured.
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  • Epoch Times October 17, 2023

    SEC Boss Says AI-Triggered Financial Crisis ‘Nearly Unavoidable’ without Regulation

    Woodrow Hartzog is featured.
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  • Brennan Center October 13, 2023

    Senate AI Hearings Highlight Increased Need for Regulation

    Woodrow Hartzog is quoted.
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  • Market Beat October 11, 2023

    Facial Recognition Tech Even Google Determined Was ‘Too Dangerous’ Raises Alarm Bells, Privacy Concerns

    Woodrow Hartzog is quoted.
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