Peter Swire, CIPP/US


Alston & Bird

Law and Ethics, Georgia Tech Scheller College of Business; Senior Counsel

Peter Swire is the Holder Chair of Law and Ethics at the Georgia Tech Scheller College of Business, and Senior Counsel with Alston & Bird LLP.

In 2015, the IAPP selected Swire as winner of its annual Privacy Leadership Award. In 2013, Swire served as one of five members of President Obama's Review Group on Intelligence and Communications Technology. Prior to that, he served as co-chair of the Do Not Track standards process of the World Wide Web Consortium. In 2009-2010 Professor Swire was Special Assistant to the President for Economic Policy, serving in the National Economic Council under Lawrence Summers. From 1999 to early 2001 Professor Swire served as the Clinton Administration's Chief Counselor for Privacy, in the U.S. Office of Management and Budget, the first person to have government-wide responsibility for privacy issues. In that role, he was the White House coordinator for the proposed and final HIPAA medical privacy rules and chaired a White House task force on how to update wiretap laws for the Internet age. He also participated in the negotiation of the Safe Harbor agreement for trans-border data flows between the EU and the United States.

Professor Swire is a Senior Fellow with the Future of Privacy Forum and a member of the National Academies Forum on Cyber-Resiliency. He is quoted regularly in the media, has testified before many Congressional committees, and has written extensively on a wide range of privacy, cybersecurity, and cyberlaw topics. He is the lead author of the official text for the Certified Information Privacy Professional – US examination. Many of his writings appear at


Contributions by Peter Swire