Peter Swire

Peter Swire

Peter Swire

Professor

Ernest Scheller Jr. College of Business

Peter Swire
Nancy J. and Lawrence P. Huang Professor, in the Law and Ethics
Ernest Scheller Jr. College of Business
Areas of Expertise: 
privacy and cybersecurity, intellectual property, law of cyberspace
"The Internet-of-Things brings with it an unprecedented quantity and variety of data flows about individuals. Privacy and security are essential features for successful implementations of the Internet of Things."

"Peter Swire joined the Scheller faculty in the fall term of 2013 as the Nancy J. and Lawrence P. Huang Professor, in the Law and Ethics Program.  At Georgia Tech, he has appointments by courtesy with the College of Computing and School of Public Policy. Until this year, Swire was the C. William O’Neill Professor of Law at the Ohio State University.

Swire has been a leading privacy and cyberlaw scholar, government leader, and practitioner since the rise of the Internet in the 1990’s.  In 2012, he was named co-chair of the global Do Not Track process for the World Wide Web Consortium.  He is a Senior Fellow with the Center for American Progress and the Future of Privacy Forum, and a Policy Fellow with the Center for Democracy and Technology.

Swire has twice served in the White House as a policy official.  Under President Clinton he was the Chief Counselor for Privacy, in the Office of Management and Budget.  He is the only person to date to have U.S. government-wide responsibility for privacy policy.  In that role, his activities included being White House coordinator for the proposed and final HIPAA medical privacy rules, chairing a White House task force on how to update wiretap laws for the Internet age, and helping negotiate the U.S.-E.U. Safe Harbor agreement for trans-border data flows.  Under President Obama, he served as Special Assistant to the President for Economic Policy, working in the National Economic Council under Lawrence Summers.  In addition to technology issues, he worked extensively on housing and housing finance issues.

Swire is author of four books and numerous scholarly papers. With Jonathan Zittrain (formerly Larry Lessig) he is Editor of the Cyberspace Law Abstracts of the Social Science Research Network. He has testified often before the Congress, and been quoted regularly in the press.

Swire has served on privacy and security advisory boards for companies including Google, IBM, Intel, and Microsoft, and for eight years was a consultant with the global law firm of Morrison & Foerster, LLP.

Swire graduated from Princeton University, summa cum laude, and the Yale Law School, where he was an editor of the Yale Law Journal."