Paul Ohm

This individual is no longer with Colorado Law.

Associate Professor of Law
Computer Crime Law, Information Privacy, Criminal Procedure, Intellectual Property

University of Colorado Law School
433 Wolf Law Building
401 UCB
Boulder, CO  80309-0401
Office: 433
Phone: (303) 492-0384

Curriculum Vitae:  View (PDF format)

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Educational Background:
J.D.   UCLA School of Law   1999   Order of the Coif
B.S./B.A.   Yale University   1994  

Paul Ohm specializes in information privacy, computer crime law, intellectual property, and criminal procedure and is a professor at the Georgetown University Law Center.

In his work, Professor Ohm tries to build new interdisciplinary bridges between law and computer science. Much of his scholarship focuses on how evolving technology disrupts individual privacy. His article Broken Promises of Privacy: Responding to the Suprising Failure of Anonymization, 57 UCLA Law Review 1701, has sparked an international debate about the need to reshape dramatically the way we regulate privacy. He is commonly cited and quoted by news organizations including the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and NPR. In 2010, he was awarded the prize for Excellence in Teaching by the students of Colorado Law.

Prior to joining the University of Colorado, Professor Ohm served as an Honors Program trial attorney in the U.S. Department of Justice's Computer Crime and Intellectual Property Section. Before that, he clerked for Judge Betty Fletcher of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and Judge Mariana Pfaelzer of the United States District Court for the Central District of California. He earned his law degree from the UCLA School of Law where he served as Articles Editor of the UCLA Law Review and received the Benjamin Aaron and Judge Jerry Pacht prizes.

Prior to law school, Professor Ohm worked for several years as a computer programmer and network systems administrator, and before that, earned undergraduate degrees in computer science and electrical engineering from Yale University. Even today, he continues to write thousands of lines of python and perl code each year. Professor Ohm blogs at Freedom to Tinker.

Works In Progress

Ohm (with James Grimmelmann), The Future of Internet Law: Book Review of Jonathan Zittrain, The Future of the Internet: And How to Stop It.


The Fourth Amendment in a World Without Privacy, 81 Miss. L.J. 1309 (2012).
Broken Promises of Privacy: Responding to the Surprising Failure of Anonymization, 57 UCLA Law Review (2010).
The Argument Against Technology-Neutral Surveillance Laws, 88 Tex. L. Rev. 1685 (Symposium: Law at the Intersection of National Security, Privacy, and Technology) (2010).
Probably Probable Cause: The Diminishing Importance of Justification Standards, 94 Minn. L. Rev. 1514 (Symposium: Cyberspace & the Law: Privacy, Property, and m Crime in the Virtual Frontier). (2010).
The Rise and Fall of Invasive ISP Surveillance, U. Ill. L. Rev. 1417 (2009).
When Net Neutrality Met Privacy, 52 Communications of the ACM (2009).
The Myth of the Superuser: Fear, Risk, and Harm Online, 41 U.C. Davis L. Rev. 1327 (2008). abstract
Good Enough Privacy, 2008 U. Chicago Legal Forum 1 (2008).

Other Publications

Computer Programming and the Law: A New Research Agenda, 54 Villanova Law Review 117 (2009).
The Olmsteadian Seizure Clause, 2008 Stan. Tech. L. Rev. 2 (2008). abstract
Ohm (with Doug Sicker and Shannon Gunaji), The Analog Hole and the Price of Music: An Empirical Study, 5 J. Telecomm. & High Tech. L. 573 (2007). abstract
Ohm (with Dirk Grunwald and Doug Sicker), Legal Issues Surrounding Network Monitoring Research, (Invited Paper), Proceedings of the 2007 Internet Measurement Conference (2007).
Commentary, The Fourth Amendment Right to Delete, 119 Harv. L. Rev. F. 10 (2005).
Parallel-Effect Statutes and E-Mail "Warrants": Reframing the Internet Surveillance Debate, 72 Geo. Wash. L. Rev. 1599 (2004).
Comment: On Regulating the Internet: Usenet, a Case Study, 46 UCLA L. Rev. 1941 (1999).

Selected Press, Media & Publicity

Verizon, AT&T tracking their users with 'supercookies' | The Washington Post | Monday, November 3, 2014
After the Freak-Out Over Facebook's Emotion Manipulation Study, What Happens Now? | | Thursday, July 10, 2014
Polis: Email Privacy Fears Could Cost American Jobs | Boulder County Business Report | Friday, May 30, 2014
Warrantless cell phone tracking is everywhere | Marketplace Tech Report | Wednesday, April 4, 2012
Feeling insecure? | Coloradan | Monday, June 27, 2011
Laptop Spying: Rental Company Sued Over Alleged Webcam Spying | ABC News | Wednesday, May 4, 2011
The government wants your Internet service provider to keep better track of you | American Public Media | Thursday, January 27, 2011
Judges Divided Over Rising GPS Surveillance | The New York Times | Friday, August 13, 2010
Part II: Answers to Questions About Internet Privacy | The New York Times | Tuesday, July 27, 2010
Part I: Answers to Questions About Internet Privacy | The New York Times | Monday, July 26, 2010
The Web Means the End of Forgetting | The New York Times | Monday, July 19, 2010
Former DOJ Lawyers Say Electronic Privacy Law Outdated | Main Justice | Friday, April 2, 2010
Experts Examine Internet's Potential at CU-Boulder's Silicon Flatirons conference | Daily Camera | Friday, January 29, 2010
Netflix Users Seek to Nix Contest | The Daily Online Examiner | Friday, December 18, 2009
Database anonymity at risk, warns researcher: Prof Ohm resists data safety claims | The Register | Friday, November 20, 2009
Privacy researcher pans Netflix's contest sequel | Computerworld | Tuesday, September 29, 2009
Netflix Prize 2: What You Need To Know | Network World | Wednesday, September 23, 2009
Could a new Netflix contest put private customer data at risk? | The Christian Science Monitor | Tuesday, September 22, 2009
University of Colorado School of Law | Law Week Colorado | Monday, January 12, 2009


Spring 2015 Computer Crime LAWS 6321-001
Spring 2015 Copyright LAWS 7301-001
Spring 2014 LLM Seminar LAWS 9846-901
Spring 2014 LL.M Thesis LAWS 9856-901
Fall 2013 Introduction to Intellectual Property Law LAWS 6301-001
Fall 2013 Information Privacy LAWS 8361-001