Faculty
Fred H. Cate
Faculty

Fred H. Cate

Vice President for Research, Indiana University; Distinguished Professor and C. Ben Dutton Professor of Law; Senior Fellow, Center for Applied Cybersecurity Research

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Education
  • A.B., Stanford University 1984
  • J.D., Stanford University 1987
Courses
Background
  • 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).
Biography

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.

Selected Works
  • 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).