Woodrow Hartzog is an Assistant Professor at the Cumberland School of Law at Samford University. His research focuses on privacy, human-computer interaction, online communication, and electronic agreements. He holds a Ph.D. in mass communication from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, an LL.M. in intellectual property from the George Washington University Law School, and a J.D. from Samford University. 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.
According to NPR, 300 plus teenagers broke into former NFL player Brian Holloway’s vacation home, causing massive damage and showcasing their exploits on social media. In response, Holloway created a website,helpmesave300.com, that collects the alleged culprits’ social media posts. He claims this repository has enabled teens to be identified, and that the growing list of names is “being turned over to the sheriffs (sic) department to assist them to verify and identify the facts.” Read more » about What's The Right Balance For Protecting Privacy And Promoting Accountability On The Internet?
Online stalking, harassment, and invasions of privacy can be incredibly destructive. Yet very little empirical data exisits regarding these incidents. This paucity of data hinders educational, support, research and policy efforts. Without My Consent, a non-profit organization seeking to combat online invasions of privacy, is conducting research to better understand the experiences of online harassment. If you are 18 or older and have experienced harassment on the Internet, please consider taking their survey. Read more » about Without My Consent is Seeking Research Participants to Better Understand Online Harassment
Written by Woodrow Hartzog and Evan Selinger.
Big data generates big myths. To help society set realistic expectations, the right kind of skepticism is needed. Read more » about What You Don't Say About Data Can Still Hurt You
Excited teenagers – in other words normal teenagers – have never been famous for consistently wise decisions, nor should they be. Trial and error is a critical part of growing up.
But the emergence and widespread uptake of social media has further complicated the ability of teenagers to put past issues behind them. What used to remain only in fading memories increasingly lingers in code on computer servers in the cloud. Read more » about A Stronger ‘Online Eraser' Law Would be a Mistake
When Facebook Inc. recently lifted its restriction on public posts by teenagers, some privacy scholars applauded the move as a win for parents -- offering them a chance to teach their children about digital accountability. They may be overstating the case, however. If information and communication technologies aren’t designed to help users -- especially younger ones -- guard their information, appeals to good judgment and discipline won’t go very far. Read more » about Why Is Facebook Putting Teens at Risk?
Big Data in Small Hands by Woodrow Hartzog & Evan Selinger
“Big data” can be defined as a problem-solving philosophy that leverages massive datasets and algorithmic analysis to extract “hidden information and surprising correlations.” Not only does big data pose a threat to traditional notions of privacy, but it also compromises socially shared information. This point remains underappreciated because our so-called public disclosures are not nearly as public as courts and policymakers have argued—at least, not yet. That is subject to change once big data becomes user friendly. Read more » about Big Data in Small Hands
Design-based solutions to confront technological privacy threats are becoming popular with regulators. However, these promising solutions have left the full potential of design untapped. With respect to online communication technologies, design-based solutions for privacy remain incomplete because they have yet to successfully address the trickiest aspect of the Internet — social interaction. This Article posits that privacy-protection strategies such as “Privacy by Design” face unique challenges with regard to social software and social technology due to their interactional nature. Read more » about Obscurity by Design
It looks like Boston’s Finest is going to be watched by its own. As the result of new contract negotiations between the City of Boston and the Boston Police Department, police cruisers will potentially be outfitted with GPS devices designed to monitor how cop cars move around the city. The contract includes some additional changes and still needs to be approved by the Boston City Council. Read more » about Boston policemen complain about new plan to watch their movements
Even as the Federal Trade Commission seems poised to extend its power to regulate privacy and data security under Section 5 of the FTC Act, a ruling in a pending federal court case could curtail that power, privacy scholars and attorneys have told Bloomberg BNA. Read more » about FTC Power to Patrol Unfairness in Privacy, Data Security Challenged, But Enforcement Push Likely to Continue
"“It’s certainly striking to hear the companies’ use of fiery rhetoric to criticize mass collection of bulk data since they themselves are engaging in mass collection of bulk data,” said Woodrow Hartzog, who teaches privacy law at Samford University in Birmingham, Ala." Read more » about The Information-Gathering Paradox
"But many advertisers aren't completely sold on these endorsement ads — and with good reason, says Woodrow Hartzog, a professor at Samford University's Cumberland School of Law in Birmingham, Ala." Read more » about Like it? Social ads turn users into unwitting endorsers
"Al Jazeera: We're at a conference where the focus seems to be on the whiz-bangery of this technology. What's being lost in all this when it comes to privacy issues?
Woodrow Hartzog: There's a fair amount of hand-wringing over drones and privacy, but I think in many instances it's often dismissed because drones fly in public and they fly in public spaces and the law, as it's traditionally been conceived, does not protect privacy when you're walking out in the middle of the street. But I don't think that's entirely true." Read more » about Q&A: Privacy implications for aerial drones
DARC is a multidisciplinary conference about Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) and drones—with an emphasis on civilian applications.
Attendees will take part in a far-ranging exploration of these technologies and see firsthand the latest advancements in aerial robotics. In addition to looking at the cultural impact, legal challenges, and business potential, we’ll also examine specific applications for drones including: agriculture, policing, wildlife conservation, weather, mapping, logistics, and more. Read more » about Drones & Aerial Robotics Conference
Solutions to many pressing economic and societal challenges lie in better understanding data. New tools for analyzing disparate information sets, called Big Data, have revolutionized our ability to find signals amongst the noise. Big Data techniques hold promise for breakthroughs ranging from better health care, a cleaner environment, safer cities, and more effective marketing. Yet, privacy advocates are concerned that the same advances will upend the power relationships between government, business and individuals, and lead to prosecutorial abuse, racial or other profiling, discrimination, redlining, overcriminalization, and other restricted freedoms. Read more » about Big Data and Privacy: Making Ends Meet
CIS Affiliate Scholar David Levine interviews Prof. Woodrow Hartzog of Cumberland School of Law, Samford University and Fred Stutzman of UNC on privacy in social media. Read more » about Prof. Woodrow Hartzog and Fred Stutzman - Hearsay Culture - Show #170 - KZSU-FM