Fred Cate

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Fred Harrison Cate (born 1963 in McRae, Georgia) is the Vice President for Research at Indiana University[1] and Distinguished Professor and the C. Ben Dutton Professor of Law at Indiana University Maurer School of Law.[2] He is a senior fellow of the Center for Applied Cybersecurity Research.[3] 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.

On August 1, 2015, he was appointed Vice President for Research at Indiana University, the university's highest research post.[4]

He is a senior policy advisor to the Centre for Information Policy Leadership at Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP and a member of the National Academy of Sciences Forum on Cyber Resilience. Previously, he served as a member of Microsoft's Trustworthy Computing Academic Advisory Board, Intel's Privacy and Security External Advisory Board, the Department of Homeland Security's 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.

Professor Cate chaired the National Academy of Sciences Committee on Law Enforcement and Intelligence Access to Plaintext Information in an Era of Widespread Strong Encryption and served as a member of the Committee on Technical and Privacy Dimensions of Information for Terrorism Prevention. He served as counsel to the Department of Defense Technology and Privacy Advisory Committee, reporter for the third report of the Markle Task Force on National Security in the Information Age, and a member of the Federal Trade Commission's Advisory Committee on Online Access and Security. He chaired the International Telecommunication Union's High-Level Experts on Electronic Signatures and Certification Authorities.

He served as the Privacy Editor for the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers' Security & Privacy and is one of the founding editors of the Oxford University Press journal, International Data Privacy Law.[5] He is the author of more than 150 books and articles, including The Internet and the First Amendment,[6] Privacy in the Information Age,[7] and Privacy in Perspective,[8] and he appears frequently in the popular press.[9][10][11]

In October 2017, the Oxford University Press published "Bulk Collection: Systematic Government Access to Private-Sector Data,[12]" which was edited and compiled by Cate and Jim Dempsey, executive director of the Berkeley Center for Law & Technology at the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law.

Professor Cate attended Oxford University and received his J.D. (1987) and his A.B. (1984) with Honors and Distinction from Stanford University. He served as a Senator, Fellow, and President of the Phi Beta Kappa Society, and he is an elected member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the American Law Institute, a fellow of the American Bar Foundation. From 2003-2014, he was director of the IU Center for Applied Cybersecurity Research, and currently serves as senior fellow.


  1. ^ "Fred Cate Named to Indiana University's Top Research Post".
  2. ^ "Fred H. Cate : Faculty and Staff of Indiana University Maurer School of Law".
  3. ^ Khadaroo, Stacy (26 February 2014). "Data breach at Indiana University: Are colleges being targeted?". Christian Science Monitor. Retrieved 6 February 2015.
  4. ^ "Trustees approve IU distinguished law professor Fred Cate for university's top research post : Indiana University Maurer School of Law: Bloomington".
  5. ^ "About".
  6. ^ Cate, Fred H. (1998). The Internet and the First Amendment: Schools and Sexually Explicit Expression. ISBN 0873673980.
  7. ^ Cate, Fred H. (1997). Privacy in the information age. ISBN 0815713150.
  8. ^ Cate, Fred H. (2001). Privacy in Perspective. ISBN 0844741647.
  9. ^ Cardwell, Diane (2014-02-17). "At Newark Airport, the Lights Are On, and They're Watching You". The New York Times.
  10. ^ Abelson, Reed; Goldstein, Matthew (2015-02-05). "Anthem Hacking Points to Security Vulnerability of Health Care Industry". The New York Times.
  11. ^ "Switching to Gmail May Leave Reporters' Sources at Risk".
  12. ^ Bulk Collection: Systematic Government Access to Private-Sector Data. Oxford University Press. 2017-10-20. ISBN 9780190685546.

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