Joel Schwarz, CIPP/G


BSA Software Alliance

Senior Director, Global Internet and Data Analytics

Joel Schwarz oversees BSA’s Global Internet Enforcement Department, designed to monitor and combat Internet-facilitated software infringement via multiple channels, including auction/marketplace websites, digital downloads, peer-to-peer and other file-sharing networks and protocols, and stand-alone e-commerce sites.  Notably, Schwarz developed a holistic strategy - and accompanying budgets - to transform what had previously been a lack-luster and ineffective notice and takedown program, into a successful and robust anti-piracy program, surgically targeting the most vulnerable points of the online piracy ecosystem, including indexing providers (e.g., search engines), financial providers (e.g., online advertising and payment processors), and the underlying Internet infrastructure used by pirates to facilitate, and mask, their activities.  

Schwarz is also responsible for overseeing BSA’s Data Analytics Department, ensuring timely and accurate compilation, analysis, use and dissemination of data relating to BSA’s Internet and end-user enforcement programs, worldwide. To maximize data utility and opportunities, Schwarz conceptualized and implemented a BSA Data Warehouse, linking together organizational data and enabling cross-organizational sharing and reporting across all departments (as well as from external data sources).  In light of the upcoming implementation of the EU’s new General Data Protection Rule (GDPR), in May 2018, Schwarz’s duties also include leading BSA’s data mapping efforts, and is a member of BSA’s GDPR Working Group.

Schwarz previously served as the National Counterterrorism Center’s (NCTC) first Civil Liberties and Privacy Officer (CLPO), supervising the NCTC Civil Liberties and Privacy Office; an office which he stood up in April 2011.  In that capacity, he provided NCTC with advice and oversight on privacy and civil liberties matters, and spearheaded development, implementation and oversight of a holistic, agency-wide compliance program.  Mr. Schwarz also provided guidance to the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) on building civil liberties and privacy protections into the ODNI’s Cyber Threat Intelligence Integration Center (CTIIC), the formation of which was announced by President Obama in early 2015, and stood up in 2016. Prior to his role as NCTC’s CLPO, Mr. Schwarz was an Assistant Civil Liberties Protection Officer for ODNI, focusing on activities relating to counterterrorism, use of technology, and cybersecurity.  

Before joining the ODNI, Mr. Schwarz was an attorney with the United States Department of Justice’s (“DOJ”) Computer Crime and Intellectual Property Section (“CCIPS”), where he prosecuted cases involving the use of the Internet, and provided Internet investigation/prosecution training, and technical assistance to governments and law enforcement around the world.  Schwarz also represented the U.S. law enforcement and intelligence communities as part of the delegation that negotiated the APEC Privacy Framework. Prior to DOJ, Mr. Schwarz worked as Counsel on E-Commerce for MetLife, where he advised MetLife lines of business on E-commerce issues, including privacy, security, and technology-related matters, and served as the New York State Attorney General's Special Counsel for Internet Matters (Investor Protection & Securities Bureau), and Assistant Attorney General with the New York Attorney General's Internet Bureau.  

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


Contributions by Joel Schwarz