Peter Swire

Nancy J. and Lawrence P. Huang Professor, Law and Ethics Program

Scheller College of Business

Georgia Tech

Room 4163
800 West Peachtree Street NW
Atlanta, Georgia 30308

(404) 385-3279

Website: Georgia Tech faculty page

Issues: Innovation and Economic Growth and Privacy and Security

About Peter Swire

Peter P. Swire is the Nancy J. and Lawrence P. Huang Professor in the Law and Ethics Program at the Scheller College of Business at the Georgia Institute of Technology, with courtesy appointments in the School of Public Policy and the College of Computing. Professor Swire has been a leading privacy and cyberlaw scholar, government leader, and practitioner since the rise of the Internet in the 1990’s. He is a Senior Fellow with the Future of Privacy Forum, and a Policy Fellow with the Center for Democracy and Technology. Additionally, he is senior counsel with the law firm of Alston & Bird LLP.


Professor Swire has served several times in the White House as a policy official. In 2013, he served as one of five members of President Obama’s Review Group on Intelligence and Communications Technology. Prior to that, in 2012, he was co-chair of the global Do Not Track process for the World Wide Web Consortium. 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.


Professor Swire is author of five books and numerous scholarly papers (many of his writings appear at With Jonathan Zittrain (and formerly with 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. Professor Swire has also 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.


J.D., Yale Law School, 1985
A.B., Princeton University, 1980

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