Richard Downing


U.S. Department of Justice

Acting Deputy Assistant Attorney General, Computer Crimes and IP Section

Richard W. Downing was selected to serve as Deputy Assistant Attorney General for the Criminal Division at the Department of Justice in September 2015, where he oversees the work of the Criminal Division’s Computer Crime and Intellectual Property Section (CCIPS) and the Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section (CEOS).  In this role, Mr. Downing has been deeply involved with the development of Department policy on the collection of electronic evidence and related litigation.  He supervises the prosecution of hacking, identity theft, and child exploitation crimes, and he has worked to promote the international law enforcement cooperation necessary to respond to these criminal threats.  Mr. Downing previously served for sixteen years with CCIPS. 
Mr. Downing joined the Department of Justice in 1999.  Prior to that, he served for seven years as an Assistant District Attorney in Philadelphia.  He graduated with a J.D. from Stanford Law School in 1992 and received a B.A. in Political Science, summa cum laude, from Yale University in 1989.


Contributions by Richard Downing

  • E-Evidence and the Globalisation of Criminal Evidence
    Speaker at IAPP Europe Data Protection Congress 2019
  • Privacy Challenges in the Globalization of Criminal Evidence
    Speaker at Global Privacy Summit 2019
  • Department of Justice Perspective on Key Surveillance Controversies
    Speaker at Global Privacy Summit 2018