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Peter Swire

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

Professor Swire graduated summa cum laude from Princeton University and in law school was a Senior Editor of the Yale Law Journal.


Biography last updated May 10, 2012