Alvaro Bedoya is the founding executive director of Georgetown Law’s Center on Privacy and Technology. He is an expert on digital privacy issues, including big data, corporate data collection, NSA surveillance reform and cybersecurity, with a focus on their impact on communities of color. He is an informational resource to policymakers, advocates and consumers and journalists. His work and commentary have been cited by the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, Politico and the Washington Post.
Prior to joining the Center, he served as chief counsel to the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Privacy, Technology and the Law and to its Chairman, Senator Al Franken (D-Minn.). In this role, he was the staff negotiator for significant portions of both the Cybersecurity Act of 2012 and the USA FREEDOM Act, a bipartisan surveillance reform bill. He also advised Senator Franken in crafting other legislation on mobile location privacy, health data privacy and NSA transparency, and worked to improve privacy protections for biometric technology like facial recognition and fingerprint readers.
He is a graduate of Harvard College and Yale Law School, where he received the Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans.