Fred H. Cate is a Distinguished Professor and C. Ben Dutton Professor of Law at the Indiana University Maurer School of Law and director of the Indiana University Center for Applied Cybersecurity Research and Center for Law, Ethics and Applied Research in Health Information. He specializes in privacy, security, and other information law issues, and appears regularly before Congress, government agencies, and professional and industry groups on these matters.
Professor Cate is a senior policy advisor to the Center for Information Policy Leadership at Hunton & Williams LLP and a member of Microsoft's Trustworthy Computing Academic Advisory Board, the Department of Homeland Security Data Privacy and Integrity Committee Cybersecurity Subcommittee, the Department of Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency Privacy Oversight Board, the Board of Directors of The Privacy Projects, the Board of Directors of the International Foundation for Online Responsibility, and the Board of Directors of the Kinsey Institute for Research in Sex, Gender and Reproduction.
Previously, Professor Cate served as a member of the National Academy of Sciences Committee on Technical and Privacy Dimensions of Information for Terrorism Prevention and Other National Goals, counsel to the Department of Defense Technology and Privacy Advisory Committee, reporter for the third report of the Markle Foundation Task Force on National Security in the Information Age, reporter for the American Law Institute's project on Principles of the Law on Government Access to and Use of Personal Digital Information, and a member of the Federal Trade Commission's Advisory Committee on Online Access and Security. He directed the Electronic Information Privacy and Commerce Study for the Brookings Institution and chaired the International Telecommunication Union's High-Level Experts on Electronic Signatures and Certification Authorities.
He is the author of many articles and books, and appears regularly in the popular press. 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. A senator, fellow, and president of the Phi Beta Kappa Society and an elected member of the American Law Institute, Professor Cate received his J.D. and his A.B. with Honors and Distinction from Stanford University. He is listed in Who's Who in the World, Who's Who in America, Who's Who in American Law, and Who's Who in American Education, in the three most recent Computerworld listings of the world's "Best Privacy Advisers."