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We Are the Web

Policymakers need to give consumers the choice to either protect their privacy or allow e-commerce companies to profile their web travels.

by Peter Swire | Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Protecting Consumers: Privacy Matters in Antitrust Analysis

Peter Swire submits testimony to the FTC today on the importance of examining privacy law online when considering corporate mergers.

by Peter Swire | Friday, October 19, 2007

Better Technology, Better Care

Senior Fellow Peter Swire discusses the importance of preemption and enforcement to protecting the privacy and security of electronic health records.

by Peter Swire | Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Improper Use of National Security Letters by the FBI

Senior Fellow Peter Swire testifies before Senate Judiciary subcommittee about the Inspector General’s report on the FBI’s misuse of NSLs.

by Peter Swire | Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Reining in Warrantless Searches

Mark Agrast and Peter Swire detail why Congress should provide reasonable limits to warrantless searches by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

by Mark Agrast and Peter Swire | Friday, March 9, 2007

Funding the FTC

Peter Swire explains how globalization and new information technologies are stretching the Trade Commission thin.

by Peter Swire | Monday, February 26, 2007

Transparency in Jeopardy

Peter Swire reviews Alastair Roberts' newest book on government accountability and information disclosure.

by Peter Swire | Tuesday, February 20, 2007

A Question of Impartiality

The politics of personal destruction have become the politics of judicial destruction. The new conflict of interest allegations against federal Judge Anna Diggs Taylor are wrong and can cause serious mischief if allowed to stand. Judge Taylor, of the Eastern District of Michigan, received national attention this month when she held in favor of the […]

by Peter Swire | Thursday, August 31, 2006

The Internet and the Future of Consumer Protection

Read the full report (PDF) In 1996, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) held hearings on consumer protection, privacy and the Internet. This November, the FTC will hold new hearings on consumer protection, the Internet and globalization. To help prepare for those hearings, this paper puts forward a new framework for what the Internet means for […]

by Peter Swire | Monday, July 24, 2006

Consumers are King

In testimony scheduled this afternoon before a House Energy and Commerce subcommittee, Peter Swire, the William O’Neill Professor of Law at the Ohio State University and visiting senior fellow at the Center for American Progress, will present the case for federal consumer privacy legislation as a representative of the newly formed Consumer Privacy Legislation Forum. […]

by Peter Swire | Tuesday, June 20, 2006

Is Data Retention Secure?

Information and national security issues need much more attention while the government decides whether to require data retention by Internet service providers. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales recently asked major ISPs to store Web traffic information for as long as two years. Although details are still unclear, the attorney general apparently wants to track which Internet […]

by Peter Swire | Monday, June 12, 2006

Oversight Hearing on "Personal Information Acquired by the Government From Information Resellers: Is There Need for Improvement"

Before the Subcommittee on Commercial and Administrative Law and the Subcommittee on the Constitution of the Judiciary Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives Testimony of Peter Swire Read the full testimony (PDF) I thank the Committee for the invitation to testify before you today on the draft GAO Report “Privacy: Opportunities Exist for Agencies […]

by Peter Swire | Tuesday, April 4, 2006

New Ways to Stop Phishing

Read also: New Multi-Group Attack against Phishing, ID Theft Scams Last week the National Consumers League released “A Call for Action: Report from the National Consumers League Anti-Phishing Retreat.” I was the “reporter” for the project — the lead writer. This column highlights some of the promising new approaches that we discuss in the Report. […]

by Peter Swire | Monday, March 27, 2006

Legal FAQs on NSA Wiretaps

This document is the introduction and executive summary for Legal FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions) about the National Security Agency wiretap program. This document is current as of January 30, but may be updated. Read the full set of FAQs here Based on the facts available to date, the wiretap program appears to be clearly illegal. […]

by Peter Swire | Thursday, January 26, 2006

Extend the PATRIOT Act to Improve It

The Senate on December 21 voted to extend the provisions of the USA PATRIOT Act that are scheduled to expire on December 31. Now it is time for the House to do the same. Last July, the Senate unanimously approved bipartisan legislation to reauthorize the 16 provisions that are due to sunset shortly. The Senate […]

by Peter Swire and Mark Agrast | Thursday, December 22, 2005