Professor Hartzog joined the faculty of the School of Law in 2017 and holds a joint appointment with the Khoury College of Computer Sciences, where he teaches privacy and data protection issues. His research focuses on the complex problems that arise when personal information is collected by powerful new technologies, stored and disclosed online.

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, BBC, CNN, 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 Northeastern faculty, 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 an attorney in private practice and as a trademark attorney for the US Patent and Trademark Office. He also served as a clerk for the Electronic Privacy Information Center. He holds a PhD in mass communication from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, an LLM in intellectual property from the George Washington University Law School and a JD from Samford University.

Fields of Expertise

  • Privacy and Data Protection
  • Robotics
  • Media
  • Contracts
  • Torts

Selected Works

Selected Articles

Selected Chapters

  • Obscurity and Privacy in The Routledge Companion to the Philosophy of Technology, eds. Joseph Pitt and Ashley Shew (2016) (with Evan Selinger).
  • “Do Robots Dream of Electric Laws? An Experiment in Law as Algorithm,” in Robot Law (Edward Elgar: Ryan Calo, Michael Froomkin, & Ian Kerr, eds. 2016) (with Lisa Shay, Greg Conti, Dominic Larkin, and John Nelson).
  • Confronting Automated Law Enforcement,”  in Robot Law (Edward Elgar: Ryan Calo, Michael Froomkin, & Ian Kerr, eds. 2016) (with Lisa Shay, Greg Conti, and John Nelson).
  • Terms of Use,” in Social Media and the Law: A Guide for Professional Communicators (Routledge: Daxton Stewart, ed. 2012).

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