Co-Chair, W3C Tracking Protection Working Group
Nancy J. & Lawrence P. Huang Professor, Georgia Institute of Technology
Peter P. Swire is a Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress and the Future of Privacy Forum, and designated as the Nancy J. & Lawrence P. Huang Professor at the Georgia Institute of Technology. He has been a leader in privacy, cybersecurity, and the law of cyberspace, as a scholar, government official, and participant in numerous policy, public interest, and business settings. As of November 28, 2012, Professor Swire has co-chaired W3C's Tracking Protection Working Group -- the group tasked with standardizing Do Not Track protocol and investigating what compliance with Do Not Track will mean in in practice.
From 2009 until August, 2010 Professor Swire was Special Assistant to the President for Economic Policy, serving in the National Economic Council under Lawrence Summers. In that role, he worked extensively on issues arising from the housing crisis. For a period, he was also the lead person at the NEC on technology issues, including broadband, spectrum, privacy, cybersecurity, and net neutrality. During the Obama-Biden Transition, his responsibilities included acting as counsel to the Obama New Media Team, and he assisted on Federal Trade Commission and Federal Communications Commission transition activities.
From 1999 to early 2001 Professor Swire served as the Clinton Administration's Chief Counselor for Privacy, in the U.S. Office of Management and Budget. In that position, he coordinated Administration policy on the use of personal information in the public and private sectors, and served as point of contact with privacy and data protection officials in other countries. He was White House coordinator for the proposed and final HIPAA medical privacy rules, and played a leading role on topics including financial privacy, Internet privacy, encryption, public records and privacy, ecommerce policy, and computer security and privacy.
Professor Swire has published extensively, has testified regularly before the Congress, and is quoted frequently in national and international press. He is lead author of Information Privacy: Official Reference for the Certified Information Privacy Professional. Many of his writings appear at www.peterswire.net.
Professor Swire graduated summa cum laude from Princeton University and in law school was a Senior Editor of the Yale Law Journal.
- New Internet Privacy Legislation: What the White House, Federal Trade Commission and the European Commission Are Recommending May 14, 2012
- State of the Net Conference 2012 January 17, 2012
- State of the Net Conference 2011 January 18, 2011
- Location Meets Social Networking, April 25, 2007
- The U.S. Patriot Act and E-Surveillance June 30, 2005
- Government Pattern Analysis: Securing Terrorists While Preserving Privacy? March 20, 2003
Biography last updated May 10, 2012