B.A., Harvard; J.D., Yale
Professor Alvaro Bedoya is the founding director of the Center on Privacy & Technology at Georgetown Law, where he is also a Visiting Professor of Law and Director of the Federal Legislation Clinic.
Prof. Bedoya is an expert on government surveillance and commercial data collection, with a focus on their impact on immigrants and people of color. In 2016, he co-authored The Perpetual Line-Up: Unregulated Police Face Recognition in America, the Center’s year-long investigation that revealed that most American adults are enrolled in a police face recognition database. He has testified before Congress and state legislatures, and his writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Atlantic and Slate.
Before founding the Center, Prof. Bedoya served as Chief Counsel to the U.S. Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Privacy, Technology and the Law, where he negotiated legislation and conducted oversight on mobile location privacy, biometrics, and NSA transparency. In 2009, he co-founded the Esperanza Education Fund, a college scholarship for immigrant students that is blind to applicants’ legal status. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of Free Press and previously served on the board of the Hispanic Bar Association of Washington, D.C.
He is a graduate of Harvard College and Yale Law School, where he received the Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans.
Contributions to Law Reviews and Other Scholarly Journals
Book Chapters & Collected Works
"Is facial scanning technology in public an invasion of privacy?," coverage by Cleveland.com, May 20, 2019, quoting Visiting Professor Alvaro Bedoya, founding director, Center on Privacy & Technology.
"The Week in Tech: Putting an A.I. Genie Back in Its Bottle," coverage by The New York Times, May 17, 2019, quoting Visiting Professor Alvaro Bedoya, founding director, Center on Privacy & Technology.
"Hundreds of agencies, including the FBI and ICE, have access to Ohio AG’s facial recognition platform," coverage by Muckrock.com, May 15, 2019, quoting Visiting Professor Alvaro Bedoya, founding director, Center on Privacy & Technology, and referencing a 2016 Center report.
"San Francisco Considers Ban On Government's Use Of Facial Recognition Technology," coverage by NPR, May 14, 2019, quoting Visiting Professor Alvaro Bedoya, founding director, Center on Privacy & Technology.