Paul M. Schwartz is a Special Advisor in the Privacy and Data Security practice at Paul Hastings and is based in the firm’s San Francisco office. Mr. Schwartz is a leading international expert on information privacy, data security, and information law. Mr. Schwartz is Jefferson E. Peyser Professor at UC Berkeley School of Law, where he is also a Director of the Berkeley Center for Law and Technology.

Mr. Schwartz’s scholarship at UC Berkeley School of Law focuses on how the law regulates, shapes, and limits information technology. His scholarship has examined a broad range of issues including European Union privacy regulations, cloud computing, governmental data mining, federal preemption of privacy laws, and the different legal definitions of “personal information.”

Mr. Schwartz has testified before Congress and served as an advisor to the Commission of the European Union and other international organizations. He assists numerous corporations and international organizations with regulatory, policy, and governance issues relating to information privacy.



Accolades and Recognitions

  • Co-reporter of the American Law Institute’s Restatement of Privacy Law Principles.
  • Past recipient of the Berlin Prize Fellowship at the American Academy in Berlin and a Research Fellowship at the German Marshal Fund in Brussels.
  • Recipient of grants from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, Fulbright Foundation, the German Academic Exchange, and the Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation.



Speaking Engagements and Publications

Mr. Schwartz is the author of many books, including the leading casebook, Information Privacy Law, now in its Fourth Edition, and the treatise, Privacy Law Fundamentals, each with Daniel Solove. His over fifty articles have appeared in journals such as the Harvard Law Review, Yale Law Journal, Stanford Law Review, California Law Review, and Chicago Law Review.

Publications include:

  • “The EU-U.S. Privacy Collision” in the Harvard Law Review (2013);
  • “Information Privacy in the Cloud” in the University Pennsylvania Law Review (2013);
  • Systematic Government Access to Private-Sector Data in Germany” in International Data Privacy Law (2012);
  • "The PII Problem: Privacy and a New Concept of Personally Identifiable Information" in the New York University Law Review (2011) (with Daniel Solove);
  • "Regulating Governmental Data Mining in the United States and Germany: Constitutional Courts, the State, and New Technology,” in the William and Mary Law Review (2011); 
  • "Prosser’s Privacy and the German Right of Personality: Are Four Privacy Torts Better than One Unitary Concept?" (with Karl-Nikolaus Peifer) in the California Law Review (2010);
  • "Preemption and Privacy" in the Yale Law Journal (2009); and
  • Coauthor of Information Privacy Law (fourth edition, 2011), a casebook, and of Privacy Law Fundamentals (2013), a treatise.

Frequent speaker at technology conferences and corporate events in the United States and abroad:

  • “Data Security Awareness,” Fidelity Residential Solutions, St. Paul, MN, June 20, 2013
  • “Data Security and Privacy for Title & Settlement Companies,” National Settlement Services & Compliance Summit 2013, Cleveland, OH, June 11, 2013
  • “Restating Information Privacy Principles,” ALI Annual Meeting, Washington, DC, May 22, 2013
  • “The EU Proposed Privacy Regulation,” The BCLT Privacy Law Forum, Palo Alto, CA, March 21, 2013
  • “Privacy Law and the Internet,” Deutscher Juristentag (German Jurists Forum), Munich, Germany, September 19, 2012
  • Privacy Law in 60 Seconds, 2013 (Video)
  • Introducing Privacy Law Fundamentals, 2013 (Video)
  • Paul Schwartz on the Elements of PII 2.0, 2012 (Video)
  • Paul Schwartz on PII 2.0, 2012 (Video)



Professional and Community Involvement

  • Member of the American Law Institute and the organizing committee of the Privacy Law Salon.
  • Member of the Editorial Board of International Data Privacy Law, the International Journal of Law and Information Technology, and the Zeitschrift für Datenschutz (Data Protection Journal).
  • Joined the faculty of UC Berkeley School of Law in 2006 after teaching at Brooklyn Law School and the University of Arkansas-Fayetteville.
  • Fluent in German, he contributes to German legal reviews.



Education

  • Brown University, B.A., 1981
  • Yale University, J.D., 1985