Nicole Ozer

Nicole Ozer

Nicole A. Ozer was a Non-Resident Fellow at the Digital Civil Society Lab (2018-2019).

Nicole is the Technology and Civil Liberties Director for the ACLU of California. She has led the organization’s cutting-edge work in California to defend and promote civil liberties in the modern digital world since 2004. Nicole sets the strategic vision for the Technology and Civil Liberties Project and its statewide team and implements an integrated advocacy approach that coordinates work in the courts, in communities, with companies, and California policymakers to achieve maximum impact.

Nicole is a nationally recognized expert on issues at the intersection of privacy and government surveillance and free speech and the Internet. Nicole spearheaded the passage of the landmark California Electronic Communications Privacy Act (CalECPA) and California Reader Privacy Act, designed groundbreaking local surveillance reform strategies now used across the country, and also developed the ACLU’s national online privacy campaign, Demand Your dotRights. She is frequently called upon for testimony, presentations, and media appearances. She regularly tweets @nicoleozer and blogs at

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 from the University of California, Berkeley School of Law.