Peter Swire

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

Member Of:
  • School of Public Policy


Peter Swire joined Georgia Tech in 2013. In addition to his appointment with the School of Public Policy, Swire is the Huang Professor of Law and Ethics in the Scheller College of Business. He also has an appointment by courtesy with the College of Computing.

Swire has been a leading privacy and cyberlaw scholar, government leader, and practitioner since the rise of the Internet in the 1990’s.  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 Center for American Progress and the Future of Privacy Forum, and a Policy Fellow with the Center for Democracy and Technology.

Under President Clinton, Swire was the Chief Counselor for Privacy, in the U.S. 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 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.

Swire is author of five books and numerous scholarly papers. He has testified often before the 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