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.



Harrison Rudolph, Laura M. Moy & Alvaro Bedoya, Not Ready for Takeoff: Face Scans at Airport Departure Gates (Wash., D.C.: Center on Privacy & Technology 2017).  
Clare Garvie, Alvaro Bedoya & Jonathan Frankle, The Perpetual Line-Up: Unregulated Face Recognition in America (Wash., D.C.: Center on Privacy & Technology 2016).

Contributions to Law Reviews and Other Scholarly Journals

Alavaro M. Bedoya, Privacy as Civil Right, 50 N.M. L. Rev. 301-319 (2020).
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Book Chapters & Collected Works

Alvaro M. Bedoya, Algorithmic Discrimination vs. Privacy Law, in The Cambridge Handbook of Consumer Privacy 232-240 (Evan Selinger, Jules Polonetsky & Omer Tene eds., New York: Cambridge University Press 2018).
Eduardo Bedoya, Alvaro M. Bedoya & Patrick Belser, Debt Bondage and Ethnic Discrimination in Latin America, in Forced Labor: Coercion and Exploitation in the Private Economy 35-50 (Beate Andrees & Patrick Belser eds., Boulder, Colo.: Lynne Rienner Publishers 2009).