Contributor: Peter Swire, CIPP/US

Peter Swire, CIPP/US, is the Nancy J. & Lawrence P. Huang Professor at the Georgia Institute of Technology, in the Scheller College of Business. He is a Senior Fellow with the Future of Privacy Forum and the Center for American Progress, and Policy Fellow with the Center for Democracy and Technology.

In 2013, Swire served as a member of President Obama’s Review Group on Intelligence and Communications Technology. Previously, he was co-chair of the Do Not Track standards process of the World Wide Web Consortium. He served in the White House under both Presidents Clinton and Obama, and is lead author of two texts for Certified Information Privacy Professionals examinations of the IAPP.

Privacy Profession

Engineers and Lawyers in Privacy Protection: Can We All Just Get Along?

By Peter Swire

In March 2013 we participated in a panel titled “Re-Engineering Privacy Law” at the IAPP Privacy Summit. The topic of the panel closely matches the topic of this book, how to bring together and leverage the skill sets of engineers, lawyers, and others to create effective privacy policy with correspondingly compliant implementations. As a software engineering professor (Antón) and a law professor...

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Opinion

Why the New Senator Markey May Be the Most Influential Privacy Congressman in History

By Peter Swire

Edward Markey, elected tonight to the Senate in a special election in Massachusetts, is quite possibly the most influential member of the House of Representatives in the history of privacy legislation.

Markey has been involved in countless privacy issues since he came to the House in 1976, as part of the post-Watergate generation of reformers in Washington. For the past decade, he has been the...

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Opinion

Telephone Records and PRISM—The First Job for the Privacy & Civil Liberties Oversight Board

By Peter Swire

Front pages have picked up the report from The Guardian that the National Security Agency (NSA) is currently collecting the telephone records of millions of customers of Verizon. Many observers believe that other telecom providers may be under similar court orders.

The scope of the warrant, as reported by The Guardian, is broad: “Under the terms of the blanket order, the numbers of both parties...

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Opinion

“Going Dark” vs. “Going Secure” New CDT Experts’ Report on CALEA II

By Peter Swire

According to press reports, the FBI is close to persuading the rest of the Obama administration to support major changes to the Communications Assistance to Law Enforcement Act of 1994 (CALEA).  A major new report of technical experts released this week concludes: “Requiring software vendors to build intercept functionality into their products is unwise and will be ineffective, with the result...

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tribute

Alan Westin’s Legacy of Privacy and Freedom

By Peter Swire

The long and well-deserved obituary of Alan Westin in The New York Times, is one of many tributes now appearing to this pioneer of privacy. I have had great admiration for Alan since he helped this junior law professor enter the privacy field in the mid-1990s. In this short recognition of Alan, I first offer some of the things for which he is best known and then add a few items from my own...

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