Peter Swire

Nancy J. and Lawrence P. Huang Professor of Law and Ethics

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  • School of Public Policy
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Peter Swire joined Georgia Tech in 2013. In addition to his appointment with the School of Public Policy, Swire is the J.Z. Liang Chair in the School of Cybersecurity and Privacy, and Professor of Law and Ethics in the Scheller College of Business.

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 been a member of the National Academies' Forum on Cyber-Resiliency.

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 the author of seven books and numerous scholarly papers. He has testified often before Congress and been quoted regularly in the press.

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

  • JD, Yale Law School
  • BA, Princeton University


  • PUBP-4725: Info Security Policies
  • PUBP-4726: Privacy, Tech, Policy, Law
  • PUBP-6725: Info Security Policies
  • PUBP-6726: Privacy, Tech, Policy & Law