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- A.B., Stanford University 1984
- J.D., Stanford University 1987
- Named vice president for research, Indiana University (2015).
- Elected to membership, Council on Foreign Relations (2016).
- Chair of the National Academies Committee on Law Enforcement and Intelligence Access to Plaintext Information in an Era of Widespread Strong Encryption: Options and Tradeoffs (2016 to present).
- Inaugural member of the National Academies Forum on Cyber Resilience (2014 to present).
- Senior Policy Advisor, Centre for Information Policy Leadership at Hunton & Williams LLP (2001 to present).
- Inaugural member of the U.S. National Security Agency Privacy and Civil Liberties Panel (2014-17).
- Inaugural member of the International Foundation for Online Responsibility Board of Directors (2011 to present).
- Inaugural member of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Data Privacy and Integrity Committee Cybersecurity Subcommittee (2009 to present).
- Inaugural member of DARPA Privacy Oversight Board, U.S. Department of Defense (2010-13).
- Member of the National Academy of Sciences Committee on Technical and Privacy Dimensions of Information for Terrorism Prevention and Other National Goals (2005-08)
- Reporter for American Law Institute project on Principles of the Law of Government Access to and Use of Digital Information (2006-08)
- Member of Microsoft's Trustworthy Computing Academic Advisory Board (2003-14)
- Reporter to the Department of Defense Technology and Privacy Advisory Committee (2003-04)
- Member of the Federal Trade Commission Advisory Committee on Online Access and Security (2000)
- Member of the United Nations Working Group on Emergency Telecommunications and principal drafter of the Tampere Convention on the Provision of Telecommunications Resources for Disaster Mitigation and Relief Operations (1994-2002).
Professor Cate specializes in information privacy and security law issues. He has testified before numerous congressional committees and speaks frequently before professional, industry, and government groups.
In addition to his appointment in the Law School and as Vice President for Research, he is an Adjunct Professor of Informatics and Computing at Indiana University. From 2003 to 2014, he served as the founding director of IU’s Center for Applied Cybersecurity Research, a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Research and Information Assurance Education, where he is now a senior fellow.
Professor Cate currently chairs the National Academies’ study on Law Enforcement and Intelligence Access to Encrypted Content, and he is a member of the National Academies’ Forum on Cyber Resilience as well as many other government, industry, and not-for-profit advisory panels. He serves as a senior policy advisor to the Centre for Information Policy Leadership at Hunton & Williams LLP.
Previously, Professor Cate served as a member of the National Academies’ Committee on Technical and Privacy Dimensions of Information for Terrorism Prevention, counsel to the Department of Defense Technology and Privacy Advisory Committee, and a member of the National Security Agency’s Privacy and Civil Liberties Panel, the Federal Trade Commission's Advisory Committee on Online Access and Security, and Microsoft's Trustworthy Computing Academic Advisory Board, among many others. He chaired the International Telecommunication Union's High-Level Experts on Electronic Signatures and Certification Authorities.
The author of more than 150 articles and books, he served as the privacy editor for the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers' Security & Privacy and is one of the founding editors of the Oxford University Press journal, International Data Privacy Law. He is the co-author of a forthcoming book from Oxford University Press, Bulk Collection: Systematic Government Access to Private-Sector Data.
Professor Cate attended Oxford University and received his J.D. and his A.B. with Honors and Distinction from Stanford University. A former Senator and President of the Phi Beta Kappa Society, he is a fellow of Phi Beta Kappa and the American Bar Foundation, and an elected member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the American Law Institute.
In the media
- Quoted in "Who's watching you? Contact tracing protected by privacy laws despite public resistance," The Indiana Lawyer (7/8/2020)
- Quoted in "IU supercomputer to power secure network," Inside Indiana Business (7/6/2020)
- Quoted in "IU creates racial justice fund to further advance faculty efforts to fight racial injustice," WBIW (6/10/2020)
- Quoted in "Productivity monitoring: Considerations for HR, from compliance to culture," HR Dive (6/8/2020)
- Quoted in "Electroceutical fabric kills coronavirus on impact, IU researchers find," (5/25/2020)
- Quoted in "Researching a pandemic while living through it is challenging but rewarding, researchers say," Indiana Daily Student (5/20/2020)
- Quoted in "Will the pandemic usher in an era of mass surveillance in higher education?," The Chronicle of Higher Education (4/14/2020)
- Quoted in "Will my data be online forever?," Gizmodo (3/2/2020)
- Quoted in an op-ed titled "With a new supercomputer, IU is paving the way technologically," Indiana Daily Student (1/31/2020)
- Featured in "TEDxIU brings global leaders to Bloomington to tell their story," IDS (11/9/2019)
- Quoted in "Powering research: Indiana universities balance federal grants with other sources of cash," Indianapolis Business Journal (11/1/2019)
- Wrote an op-ed titled "Good news and bad about that Capital One data breach," The Hill (8/8/2019)
- Quoted in "US government targets foreign researchers," The Lancet (8/1/2019)
- Quoted in "What to do if you're a victim of the Capital One hack," Yahoo Finance (7/30/2019)
- Quoted in "Is paying for identity protection worth it?," WTKR (Norfolk, Va.) (7/22/2019)
- Quoted in "Stopping key tech exports to China could backfire, researchers and firms say," Morning Edition (NPR) (5/14/2019)
- Quoted in "CBS4 Problem Solvers asks: Do you need to pay for identity theft services?," WTTV (Indianapolis) (5/14/2019)
- Interviewed in "Ads a little too personal? How to block ad tracking on your phone, regain your privacy," WTHR (Indianapolis) (5/2/2019)
- Wrote "74 screens of legalese don't protect your data -- here's a blueprint for new laws," The Conversation (4/10/2019)
- Quoted in "Supreme Court declines to hear Zappos customer data breach case," The Washington Times (3/25/2019)
- Profiled in "Data-privacy expert Cate: Cybersecurity will continue to be 'growth industry'," Indianapolis Business Journal (3/22/2019)
- Quoted in "Zuckerberg's end-to-end encryption plan could put Facebook at odds with law enforcement," NBC News (3/8/2019)
- Quoted in "Facebook is laughing all the way to the bank as Americans shrug off privacy concerns," Los Angeles Times (2/5/2019)
- Data Privacy and Security Law(with Rachel Dockery), in OXFORD HANDBOOK OF CYBER SECURITY (Paul Cornish, Ed.). New York: Oxford University Press, 2018.
- BULK COLLECTION: SYSTEMATIC GOVERNMENT ACCESS TO PRIVATE-SECTOR DATA (Edited with James X. Dempsey). New York: Oxford University Press, 2017.
- Organizational Accountability, Government Use of Private-Sector Data, National Security, and Individual Privacy (with James X. Dempsey and Martin Abrams), in BULK COLLECTION: SYSTEMATIC GOVERNMENT ACCESS TO PRIVATE-SECTOR DATA (Fred H. Cate and James Dempsey, Eds.). New York: Oxford University Press, 2017.
- Protecting Privacy in Big Data, 8 JOURNAL OF LAW AND ECONOMIC REGULATION (2015).
- Building a Data Sharing Model for Global Genomic Research, (with Patricia Kossein, et. al.). 15 GENOME BIOLOGY 430 (2014).
- Information Security Threats, Policies, and Law in the United States, 4 BEIHANG LAW REVIEW 191 (2014).
- Notice and Consent in a World of Big Data (with Viktor Mayer-Schönberger), 3 INTERNATIONAL DATA PRIVACY LAW 67 (2013).
- DATA PROTECTION PRINCIPLES FOR THE 21ST CENTURY: REVISING THE 1980 OECD GUIDELINES (with Peter Cullen and Viktor Mayer-Schonberger). Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford, Dec. 2013.
- Protecting Privacy in Health Research: The Limits of Individual Choice, 98 CALIFORNIA LAW REVIEW 1765 (2010).
- Dos and Don'ts of Data Breach and Information Security Policy (with Martin E. Abrams, Paula J. Bruening & Orson Swindle), Centre for Information Policy Leadership (2009).
- The Conflict Between European Data Protection Laws and U.S. Civil Discovery Rules, IPAA PRIVACY TRACKER, 2008.
- Information Security Breaches: Looking Back & Thinking Ahead, Centre for Information Policy Leadership (2008).
- Government Data Mining: The Need for a Legal Framework, 43 HARVARD CIVIL RIGHTS-CIVIL LIBERTIES LAW REVIEW 435 (2008). [HeinOnline]
- Privacy (with Brooke Barnett), in INTERNATIONAL ENCYCLOPEDIA OF COMMUNICATION (Wolfgang Donsbach, Ed.). Malden, MA: Blackwell, 2008.
- Strategic Information Managment (with Paula Bruening, Lisa Sotto, and Martin Abrams), 7 BNA PRIVACY & SECURITY LAW REPORT 1361 (2008).
- Surreptitious Code and the Law, in CRIMEWARE: UNDERSTANDING NEW ATTACKS AND DEFENSES (Markus Jakobsson & Zulfikar Ramzan, Eds.). Reading, MA: Addison-Wesley, 2008.
- Between a Rock and a Hard Place: the Conflict Between European Data Protection Laws and U.S. Civil Litigation Document Production Requirements (with Margaret P. Eisenhauer), 7 BNA PRIVACY & SECURITY LAW REPORT 229 (2007).
- Communications law
- Information privacy law
- Information security law