Caspar Bowden

Caspar Bowden

Co-Founder of the Foundation for Information Policy Research (FIPR) and Privacy Advocate

Caspar Bowden is an independent advocate for information privacy rights, and public understanding of privacy research in computer science. He is a specialist in EU Data Protection, European and US surveillance law, privacy technology research, identity management, and information ethics.

He is author of 2013 EU Parliament inquiry briefing on the Snowden affair, and co-authored the 2012 report on privacy and Cloud computing which predicted in detail (from open source analysis) the NSA PRISM surveillance program. For nine years he was Chief Privacy Adviser for Microsoft for forty countries, and previously co-founded and was first director of the Foundation for Information Policy Research (

He was an expert adviser for UK Parliamentary legislation, and co-organized six public conferences on encryption, data retention, and interception policy. He has previous careers in financial engineering and risk management, and software engineering (systems, 3D games, applied cryptography), including work with Goldman Sachs, Microsoft Consulting Services, Acorn, Research Machines, and IBM.

He founded the Award for Outstanding Research in Privacy Enhancing Technologies, is a fellow of the British Computer Society, and a member of the advisory bodies of several civil society associations. He also sits on the Board of the Tor project, providing software for anonymous communications to human rights defenders and political dissidents.

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