Alvaro Bedoya is the Founding Director of the Center on Privacy & Technology at Georgetown Law, where he is also a Visiting Professor of Law. In 2016, he co-authored The Perpetual Line-Up: Unregulated Police Face Recognition in America, a year-long investigation that revealed that most American adults are enrolled in a police face recognition network, and that vendor companies were doing little to address the race and gender bias endemic to face scanning software. The report led to a series of House Oversight hearings chaired by Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah), a slate of laws reining in the technology across the country, and the first-ever comprehensive bias audit of the technology by the National Institute of Standards & Technology. 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. Most recently, his article Privacy as Civil Right, 50 New Mexico Law Review 301 (2020), was added to the seventh edition of Information Privacy Law (Solove & Schwartz, eds.), the nation’s leading privacy casebook, along with four other casebooks.
Before founding the Center, Alvaro served as Chief Counsel of the U.S. Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Privacy, Technology and the Law, where he conducted oversight on mobile location privacy and biometrics, drafted bipartisan legislation to protect victims of sexual assault, and drafted portions of the bipartisan NSA reform law, the USA FREEDOM Act. In 2009, he co-founded the Esperanza Education Fund, an immigration status-blind college scholarship for immigrant students that has awarded over $1 million to high school seniors in the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia. He now serves on the Board of Directors of CASA, the mid-Atlantic region’s leading immigrant rights organization.
A naturalized citizen born in Peru and raised in upstate New York, Alvaro graduated summa cum laude from Harvard College and holds a J.D. from Yale Law School, where he served on the Yale Law Journal and received the Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans. He lives in Rockville, Maryland with his wife, Dr. Sima Z. Bedoya, a pediatric psychologist at the National Institutes of Health’s National Cancer Institute. You can follow Alvaro on Twitter at @alvarombedoya.
Contributions to Law Reviews and Other Scholarly Journals
Book Chapters & Collected Works
"Privacy Now Looms Large In Antitrust Enforcement," coverage by Law360, September 17, 2021, featuring Visiting Professor Alvaro Bedoya.
"Privacy advocate will be new Big Tech threat at FTC," coverage by Axios, September 14, 2021, featuring Visiting Professor Alvaro Bedoya.
"Bedoya's Privacy, Civil Rights Work Foreshows Potential FTC Focus," coverage by Bloomberg Law, September 14, 2021, featuring Visiting Professor Alvaro Bedoya.
"Biden nominates critic of surveillance software to FTC, further bolstering agency as check on Big Tech," coverage by The Washington Post, September 13, 2021, featuring Visiting Professor Alvaro Bedoya.