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Alvaro Bedoya was sworn in today as a Commissioner of the Federal Trade Commission. President Joe Biden named Bedoya to a term that expires on Sept. 25, 2026.

Bedoya was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on May 11, 2022.

“I want to extend a warm welcome to Alvaro as he joins our FTC team,” said FTC Chair Lina M. Khan. “Together with our talented and hard-working staff and my fellow Commissioners, I’m confident we can vigorously advance our mission and fully serve the American people.”

Bedoya was the founding director of the Center on Privacy & Technology at Georgetown University Law Center, where he is currently a visiting professor of law. He has been influential in research and policy in the areas of privacy and technology and co-authored a 2016 report on the use of facial recognition by law enforcement and the risks that it poses to privacy, civil liberties, and civil rights. He previously served as Chief Counsel to the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Privacy, Technology and the Law, and Counsel and Chief Counsel to former Senator Al Franken, of Minnesota. Prior to that, he was an associate at the law firm WilmerHale.

Bedoya 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.

Bedoya lives in Rockville, Maryland with his wife, Dr. Sima Z. Bedoya, a pediatric psychologist at the National Institutes of Health’s National Cancer Institute. They have two toddlers.

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