Peter SwireScheller College of BusinessGeorgia Institute of Technology

Peter Swire is the J.Z. Liang Chair in the School of Cybersecurity and Privacy, in the Georgia Tech College of Computing.  He is also Professor of Law and Ethics in the Scheller College of Business, and has an appointment by courtesy with the School of Public Policy. He is Senior Counsel with Alston & Bird, LLP and Research Director of the Cross-Border Data Forum.

Swire has been a leading privacy and cyber-law scholar, government leader, and practitioner since the rise of the Internet in the 1990’s. In 2019, the Future of Privacy Forum honored him for Outstanding Academic Scholarship. In 2018, Swire was named an Andrew Carnegie Fellow for research on “Protecting Human Rights and National Security in the New Era of Data Nationalism.” In 2015, the International Association of Privacy Professionals awarded him its Privacy Leadership Award. In 2013, he served as one of five members of President Obama’s Review Group on Intelligence and Communications Technology. Prior to that, he was co-chair of the global Do Not Track process for the World Wide Web Consortium. He is a Senior Fellow with the Future of Privacy Forum, and has served on the National Academy of Sciences & Engineering Forum on Cyber Resilience.

Under President Clinton, Swire was the Chief Counselor for Privacy, in the U.S. Office of Management and Budget. He was the first person to have U.S. government-wide responsibility for privacy policy. In that role, his activities included being White House coordinator for the HIPAA medical privacy rule, 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.

Swire is author of seven books and numerous scholarly papers. He has testified often before the Congress, and been quoted regularly in the press. He is Senior Fellow with the Future of Privacy Forum, and a Member of the National Academy of Sciences & Engineering Forum on Cyber Resilience.

Swire has served on privacy and security advisory boards for companies including Google, IBM, Intel, and Microsoft, as well as a number of start-ups.

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

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