Woodrow Hartzog Senate

02.27.19 — Professor Woodrow Hartzog testified before the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, & Transportation on Wednesday, February 27, as part of a hearing titled, “Policy Principles for a Federal Data Privacy Framework in the United States.” The hearing examined what Congress should do to address risks to consumers and implement data privacy protections for all Americans. Harzog, who specializes in privacy, data protection, robotics and automated technologies, argued that the laws that govern privacy on the internet fall short of protecting users as much as they should.

“I was honored and humbled to be invited to speak on this important topic,” said Hartzog. “I was also heartened by the fact that the Senators on both sides of the aisle appear motivated to create better privacy and security rules. It was a pleasure to testify and I hope the Senators and the public found it to be a productive and enlightening discussion.”

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 JournalColumbia Law ReviewCalifornia Law Review and Michigan Law Review, and popular national publications such as The GuardianWIREDBBCCNNBloombergNew ScientistSlateThe 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.”

>> Read Professor Hartzog's prepared tesimony and statement

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