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Joel Schwarz is a highly skilled and experienced consultant and attorney specializing in privacy, cybersecurity, cyber intelligence, and compliance oversight.

He’s currently a Managing Partner at The Schwarz Group LLC, and an Adjunct Professor at Albany Law School, where he develops and teaches Masters-level courses on cybercrime, cybersecurity and privacy.  Previously Mr. Schwarz was an intelligence community privacy officer and a prosecutor with the Department of Justice and the New York State Attorney General’s office, where he prosecuted cases relating to privacy violations and cybercrime.  He’s also a certified information privacy professional (CIPP) by the International Association of Privacy Professionals. 

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About Joel Schwarz

Joel Schwarz (former cyber prosecutor for the Justice Dept & NYS Attorney General, and Intel Community chief privacy officer), is a consultant/attorney specializing in public/private sector privacy, cybersecurity, cybercrime, compliance oversight and cyber intelligence. Mr. Schwarz is a certified information privacy professional (CIPP).

Schwarz is currently a Senior Principal at Global Cyber Risk LLC, and also an Adjunct Professor at Albany Law School, where he develops and teaches Masters-level courses on cybercrime, cybersecurity and privacy.

Previously, Schwarz served as the Senior Director, Global Internet Enforcement & Data Analytics for BSA | The Software Alliance (BSA), managing a multi-million dollar budget in his work overseeing BSA's online intellectual property protection/enforcement Department, working with partners throughout the online piracy ecosystem, including search engines, cloud companies, online marketplaces, financial providers, payment processors, and Internet registrars. He was also a founding member of BSA’s Global Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) Implementation Working Group, through which he helped to oversee BSA’s GDPR data mapping and related compliance activities and worked on a GDPR-compliant Policy Framework, including the creation of operational requirements and controls for the collection and use of personal data and compliance with BSA’s privacy policies.

Prior to BSA, Schwarz was the Civil Liberties & Privacy Officer (CLPO) for the National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC), an office that he stood up and led as NCTC’s first Civil Liberties and Privacy Officer. In that role, he spearheaded the development, implementation, and oversight of a holistic, agency-wide privacy and civil liberties compliance program to identify, assess and manage compliance risks across the organization. Schwarz designed, implemented and conducted compliance reviews, audits, and spot checks and delivered privacy training to ensure that NCTC’s access and use of data was done in an ethical, transparent and appropriate manner. Schwarz also worked with Senate and House Intelligence and Judiciary Committees to keep them apprised of NCTC’s ongoing handling of information, while concurrently protecting privacy and civil liberties, and held regular briefing sessions with the President’s Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board (PCLOB). Based on his work at NCTC, Schwarz was also asked to advise the Office of the Director of National Intelligence’s Cyber Threat Intelligence Integration Center (CTIIC) on establishing a privacy office.

Before NCTC, Schwarz was a Trial Attorney with the U.S. Department of Justice’s Computer Crime and Intellectual Property Section (CCIPS) where he prosecuted cybercrime cases and represented U.S. law enforcement and intelligence organizations in the negotiation, drafting and signing of the APEC Privacy Framework. In this role, he also drafted and implemented technology laws, policies and information sharing mechanisms, both domestically and abroad, and provided policy advice and guidance on cybercrime/cybersecurity legislation throughout Asia and Africa, working with legislators and legislative staff in the Philippines, Taiwan, Nigeria, Botswana, and elsewhere.

Before coming to the Justice Department, Schwarz was E-commerce and Privacy Counsel for MetLife, where he advised various lines of business on privacy and security and was responsible for IT policies and standards. While working for MetLife, Schwarz implemented MetLife’s e-commerce strategy, including negotiating multi-million dollar contracts, adoption of digital certificates across the organization, and the purchase and roll-out of an online bank.

Earlier in his career, Schwarz served as Special Counsel for Internet Matters for the Securities Bureau of the New York State Attorney General’s Office and as Assistant Attorney General for the Internet Bureau.

Schwarz received his law degree from Albany Law School, cum laude, and his undergraduate degree from the State University of New York (SUNY) Binghamton, cum laude, where he majored in Economics and minored in Computer Programming. He subsequently completed a certification in Advanced Information Technologies from New York University.


  • Trial Attorney for U.S. Department of Justice's Computer Crime & INtellectual Property Section
  • Special Counsel, Internet Matters for the New York State Attorney General's Office
  • Counsel on E-Commerce and Privacy for MetLife


  • Civil Libetries & Privacy Officer (CLPO) for the National Counterterorrism Center (an office he created in 2011)
  • Negotiated the Asia Pacific Privacy Framework as a member of the US Delegation to APEC
  • Adjunct Law Professor on Privacy, Cybersecurity and Cybercrime.


  • The Value of Personal Information
  • Adhering To Variety of International Laws
  • Audit & Spot Check Compiance Standards (Developed For The National Counter Terrorism Center)


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