Fred H. Cate is Vice President for Research, Distinguished Professor, C. Ben Dutton Professor of Law, and Adjunct Professor of Informatics and Computing at Indiana University. 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, from 2003 to 2014, where he is now a senior fellow. He is also a senior advisor to Red Barn Strategy.

Professor Cate chaired the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine’s study on Law Enforcement and Intelligence Access to Encrypted Content and the International Telecommunication Union’s High-Level Experts on Electronic Signatures and Certification Authorities. He was counsel to the Department of Defense Technology and Privacy Advisory Committee, and a member of the National Academies’ Forum on Cyber Resilience, the National Academies’ Committee on Technical and Privacy Dimensions of Information for Terrorism Prevention, the Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity Subcommittee, the National Security Agency’s Privacy and Civil Liberties Panel, the OECD’s Informal Advisory Expert Group on Cybersecurity and Panel of Experts on Health Information Infrastructure, Microsoft's Trustworthy Computing Academic Advisory Board, Intel’s Privacy and Security External Advisory Board, the Federal Trade Commission’s Advisory Committee on Online Access and Security, and the board of directors of The Privacy Projects. He has testified before numerous congressional committees and speaks frequently before professional, industry, and government groups.
The author of more than 250 articles and books, he served as the privacy editor for the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers' Security & Privacy and as one of the founding editors of the Oxford University Press journal, International Data Privacy Law. 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.




Law, Law, Computer Science
JD, Stanford University, Law, 1987
AB, Stanford University, History, 1984
BA, University of Oxford, Modern History, 1981
international and comparative law patents, copyrights, trademarks public health law cybersecurity

President's Medal, Indiana University, 2021

Bicentennial Medal, Indiana University, 2019

Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award, 2019

President’s Award and Judith Krug Medal, Phi Beta Kappa, 2015

Public Interest Faculty Award, Indiana University Maurer School of Law, 2010

Trustees’ Teaching Award, Indiana University, 2010, 2004

Teaching Excellence Recognition Award, Indiana University, 1999

Council on Foreign Relations
American Law Institute
Phi Beta Kappa
American Bar Association