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Dr. Sam


Consulting Special Counsel
Dr. Sam Hartridge

Dr Sam Hartridge is an experienced cybersecurity and privacy lawyer, having spent the past 10 years in legal practice specialising on advising on legal issues associated with emerging technologies.

Dr Hartridge has worked for organisations across both private and public sectors including a number of departments in both the Commonwealth and NSW government, multinational law firms, as well as at technology-focused boutique law firms.

Dr Hartridge is able to assist your business with privacy impact assessments, international data transfers, personal information management plans, and data breach incident response. He has advised clients ranging from pre-funding start-ups through to multi-nationals. His work covers the entirety of the personal information life cycle, and he has acted as breach counsel for a number of large data breaches involving financial institutions and large government departments.

He is also able to advise on data governance frameworks and implementation of artificial intelligence in your organisation – including providing advice on ISO and NIST AI risk management approaches.

Dr Hartridge is a Senior Research Fellow and the University of Queensland TC Bernie School of Law, where his research focuses on the legal risks associated with the use of artificial intelligence. This builds on his work in practice which included advising on governance frameworks for automated decision-making systems and managing data. He is widely published on privacy issues in a range of academic and professional journals.

Over the years, public interest and pro bono legal practice has been a large part of his work. He has volunteered at Kingsford Community Legal Centre, and has sat on the board of non-profits. As part of his pro-bono work, he has appeared in the NSW local and district courts in criminal matters. Dr Hartridge also actively engages with law reform processes, having made numerous submissions on a wide range of law reform proposals.

Dr Hatridge consults to the following sectors:

  • Privacy and data protection
  • Cybersecurity
  • Artificial intelligence and data governance
  • Early stage technology