Woodrow Hartzog

Woodrow Hartzog

Scholar Title: Professor of Law

Department: School of Law

Colleges / Universities: Boston University

Woodrow Hartzog is Professor of Law at Boston University School of Law. Professor Hartzog’s scholarship and advocacy focuses on privacy and technology law. His research focuses on the complex problems that arise when people, organizations, and governments use powerful new technologies to collect, analyze, and share human information. He is an internationally recognized expert in the area of privacy, media, and robotics law.

Professor Hartzog is an affiliate scholar at the Center for Internet and Society at Stanford Law School, a faculty associate at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University, and a nonresident fellow at the Cordell Institute for Policy in Medicine and Law at Washington University. He also serves on the advisory boards for the Electronic Privacy Information Center and the Future of Privacy Forum.

Professor Hartzog’s work has been published in numerous scholarly journals such as the Yale Law Journal and University of Chicago Law Review, and popular national publications such as Wired, BBC, CNN, and the Atlantic. 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 coauthor of Breached! Why Data Security Law Fails and How to Improve It, published in 2022 by Oxford University Press.


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