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.
He is a senior policy advisor to the Centre for Information Policy Leadership at Hunton & Williams LLP, a member of Microsoft's Trustworthy Computing Academic Advisory Board, Intel's Privacy and Security External 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, 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 Electronic Engineers' Security & Privacy and is one of the founding editors of the Oxford University Press journal, International Data Privacy Law. He is the author of more than 150 books and articles, including The Internet and the First Amendment, Privacy in the Information Age, and Privacy in Perspective, and he appears frequently in the popular press.
Professor Cate attended Oxford University and received his J.D. and his A.B. with Honors and Distinction from Stanford University. He is a Senator and Fellow (and immediate past President) of the Phi Beta Kappa Society and an elected member of the American Law Institute, and appears in the three most recent Computerworld listings of the world's "Best Privacy Advisers."