Nicole Ozer

Nicole Ozer
Technology & Civil Liberties Policy Director, ACLU of Northern California

Website | @nicoleozer

Nicole A. Ozer is the Technology and Civil Liberties Policy Director at the ACLU of Northern California. She works on the intersection of new technology, privacy, and free speech and is spearheading the organization’s new online privacy campaign, Demand your dotRights.

Nicole graduated magna cum laude from Amherst College, studied comparative civil rights history at the University of Cape Town, South Africa, and earned her J.D. with a Certificate in Law and Technology from Boalt Hall School of Law, University of California Berkeley.

Before joining the ACLU, Nicole was an intellectual property attorney at Morrison & Foerster LLP. Nicole was recognized by San Jose Magazine in 2001 for being one of 20 “Women Making a Mark” in Silicon Valley.

Nicole’s legal publications include Privacy and Free Speech: It’s Good for Business (ACLU of Northern California, 2009); No Such Thing As Free Internet: Safeguarding Privacy and Free Speech in Municipal Wireless Systems, 11 N.Y.U. J. Legis. & Pub. Pol’y 519 (2008); Companies Positioned in the Middle: Municipal Wireless and Its Impact on Privacy and Free Speech, 41 U.S.F. L. Rev. 635 (2007); Rights “Chipped” Away: RFID in Identification Documents, 2008 STAN. TECH. L. REV. 1; Under the Watchful Eye: The Proliferation of Video Surveillance Systems in California (A Report of the California ACLU Affiliates, Schlosberg and Ozer, 2007). Nicole has also written on civil liberties and technology issues for the Daily Journal, San Jose Mercury News, and San Francisco Chronicle. She blogs regularly at Bytes and Pieces at


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