Woodrow  Hartzog

  • Stanford Center for Internet and Society

Professor of Law and Computer Science

School of Law
College of Computer and Information Science

Northeastern University

416 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02115

(617) 373-5550


Issues: Internet, Intellectual Property, Networks, the Internet, and Cloud Computing and Privacy and Security

About Woodrow Hartzog

Woodrow Hartzog is Professor of Law and Computer Science at Northeastern University School of Law and holds a joint appointment in the College of Computer and Information Science department. Professor Hartzog teaches privacy and data protection issues, and his research focuses on the complex problems that arise when personal information is collected by powerful new technologies, stored, and disclosed online. He is also an Affiliate Scholar at the Center for Internet and Society at Stanford Law School and serves on the advisory board of the Future of Privacy Forum. Professor Hartzog is an internationally recognized expert in the area of privacy, media, and robotics law.


Professor Hartzog’s work has been published in numerous scholarly publications such as the Yale Law Journal, Columbia Law Review, California Law Review, and Michigan Law Review, and popular national publications such as The Guardian, Wired, Bloomberg, New Scientist, Slate, The Atlantic, and The Nation. He has testified twice before Congress on data protection issues. His book, Privacy’s Blueprint: The Battle to Control the Design of New Technologies (Harvard University Press, 2018), has been called “one of the most important books about privacy in our times.”


Prior to joining the faculty at Northeastern University in 2017, Professor Hartzog was the Starnes Professor of Law at Samford University’s Cumberland School of Law. He has also served as a Visiting Professor at Notre Dame Law School and the University of Maine School of Law. Professor Hartzog previously worked as a trademark attorney at the United States Patent and Trademark Office and as an associate attorney at Burr & Forman LLP. He also served as a clerk for the Electronic Privacy Information Center in Washington D.C. and was a Roy H. Park Fellow at the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.


Ph.D., Mass Communication, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2011
LL.M., Intellectual Property, George Washington University Law School, 2004
J.D., Samford University, Cumberland School of Law, 2002
B.A., Journalism/Mass Communications, Samford University, 2000

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