Joel Schwarz oversees BSA’s Global Internet Enforcement program, 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. Schwarz is also responsible for overseeing BSA’s data analytic efforts worldwide, ensuring timely and accurate compilation, analysis, use and dissemination of data relating to BSA’s Internet, cybercrime, and end-user enforcement programs.
Schwarz previously served as the National Counterterrorism Center’s (NCTC) 1st Civil Liberties and Privacy Officer, supervising the NCTC Civil Liberties and Privacy Office; an office which he established in April 2011. 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, and was an Assistant Civil Liberties Protection Officer for the ODNI, focusing on activities relating to counterterrorism, use of technology, and cybersecurity. Before joining the ODNI, Schwarz was an attorney with the United States Department of Justice’s Computer Crime and Intellectual Property Section, prosecuting cases involving the use of the Internet, and providing Internet investigation/prosecution training, and technical assistance to governments and law enforcement around the world. Prior to the Justice Department, Schwarz worked as Counsel on E-Commerce for MetLife, and served as the New York State Attorney General's Special Counsel for Internet Matters, and Assistant Attorney General with the Attorney General's Internet Bureau.
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.