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Debbie O'Leary
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Last modified: Tuesday, October 23, 2007

IU law professor on list of top computer privacy experts

OCT. 23, 2007

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Computerworld magazine has named Fred H. Cate, an Indiana University law professor and director of the Center for Applied Cybersecurity Research at IU, one of the "best privacy advisers in 2007."

Cate, distinguished professor at the IU School of Law-Bloomington, is the only academic on the magazine's 25-person list of top individual privacy experts in the United States and Europe. He is No. 9 in a group dominated by private-practice attorneys and technology privacy consultants.

Jay Cline, president of Minnesota Privacy Consultants and the author of the article, writes that he contacted more than 400 corporate privacy leaders, asking whom they would call "if your company loses a laptop, rolls out a new Web site or globalizes its HR information system." The survey names New York-based Hunton & Williams as the top computer-security law firm and Ernst & Young as the best audit and consulting firm on the topic. Lisa Sotto of Hunton & Williams is No. 1 on the list of individual privacy experts.

The article quotes Cate on how the privacy market changed in 2007. "Disclosures of secret government surveillance and data-mining programs sharpened attention this year on the volume and types of personal information that businesses are collecting and sharing with the government," he told Cline.

Cate specializes in information privacy and security law issues, testifying frequently before Congress and regularly speaking to industry, professional and government groups. He is a member of Microsoft's Trustworthy Computing Academic Advisory Board, the National Academy of Sciences Committee on Technical and Privacy Dimensions of Information for Terrorism Prevention and Other National Goals, and the Research Steering Committee of the Center for Identity Management and Information Protection. He also serves as reporter for the American Law Institute's project on Principles of the Law on Government Access to and Use of Personal Digital Information.