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Peter Swire

Senior Fellow

Expertise: Privacy, cyberspace law, housing, financial regulation

Peter Swire is a Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress, where he has worked on issues including Internet policy, privacy, and cybersecurity, as well as housing and housing finance.

In August 2013 Swire will become the Nancy J. & Lawrence P. Huang professor at the Georgia Institute of Technology, in the Scheller College of Business. Previously, he has been the C. William O’Neill professor of law at the Moritz College of Law of The Ohio State University. In November 2012 Swire was named to co-chair the Do Not Track standards process of the World Wide Web Consortium.

In 2009 and 2010 Swire was special assistant to the president for economic policy, serving in the National Economic Council under Lawrence Summers. Among other issues, he coordinated the administration’s interagency housing and housing finance policy. For part of this time, he was also the lead person at the NEC on technology issues, including broadband, spectrum, privacy and cybersecurity, and net neutrality.

Swire served as the Clinton administration’s chief counselor for privacy from 1999 to 2001 in the Office of Management and Budget. In that position he coordinated administration policy on the use of personal information in the public and private sectors. He was White House coordinator for the proposed and final HIPAA medical privacy rules, and chaired a White House task force on how to update wiretap laws for the Internet age. He played a leading role on topics including financial privacy, Internet privacy, encryption, public records and privacy, e-commerce policy, and computer security and privacy.

In addition to this government service, Swire’s numerous professional activities include: author of four books and many law review articles and policy writings; member of the Obama-Biden Transition; testimony before seven congressional committees; and regular interviews in national press and electronic media. He is a graduate of Princeton University and the Yale Law School, and studied at the Universite Libre de Bruxelles on a Rotary Foundation Scholarship.