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Chris Hoofnagle

Title: Faculty Director, Berkeley Center for Law & Technology
Tel: 510-643-0213
Email Address: choofnagle@berkeley.edu

FSU Contact: Drew Kloss

Chris Jay Hoofnagle teaches computer crime law, internet law, privacy law, and a seminar on the Federal Trade Commission. He is the author of Federal Trade Commission Privacy Law and Policy (forthcoming Cambridge University Press) and is affiliate faculty at the School of Information.

Hoofnagle has written extensively in the fields of information privacy, the law of unfair and deceptive practices, consumer law, and identity theft. His recent work includes: Free: Accounting for the Costs of the Internet's Most Popular Price, 61 UCLA L. Rev. 606 (2014) (with Jan Whittington); Alan Westin's Privacy Homo Economicus, 49 Wake Forest L. Rev. 261 (2014) (with Jennifer Urban); Unpacking Privacy's Price, 90 North Carolina L. Rev. 1327 (2012) (with Jan Whittington); and Behavioral Advertising: The Offer You Cannot Refuse, 6 Harvard L. & Policy Rev. 273 (2012).

Hoofnagle is principal investigator (with Dean Shankar Sastry) on a NSF-funded effort to promote graduate education for students who have been educationally or economically disadvantaged, and an investigator on three other NSF projects focusing upon computer security, social factors in computer misuse, and privacy and security issues in future internet architectures.

With his brother Mark, Hoofnagle defined the contours of "denialism," which is now used in the academic literature to frame policy debates.

Hoofnagle co-chairs the annual Privacy Law Scholars Conference. He has served on the AAUP's Committee A on Academic Freedom and Tenure. He is also a member of the San Francisco Electronic Crimes Task Force, Palantir's Council on Privacy and Civil Liberties, and InfraGard.

He is licensed to practice in California and Washington, D.C., and is of counsel to Gunderson Dettmer Stough Villeneuve Franklin & Hachigian, LLP. In Spring 2016, he will join UC Berkeley's School of Information as Adjunct Full Professor.


B.A., University of Georgia (1996)
J.D., University of Georgia School of Law (2000)

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