Staff Biography

Peter Swire

Moritz College of Law of the Ohio State University

Peter Swire

Moritz College of Law of the Ohio State University

Peter Swire first worked with CDT in 1997, on encryption issues.  He has been delighted to work with CDT since on numerous privacy, cybersecurity, and other topics.

Swire is the C. William O’Neill Professor of Law at the Moritz College of Law of the Ohio State University.  Along with his work with CDT, he is a fellow with the Center for American Progress and heads a program on government access to personal information for the Future of Privacy Forum.

Under President Clinton, Swire served as Chief Counselor for Privacy in the U.S. Office of Management and Budget, the only person to date to have government-wide responsibility for privacy policy. His activities there included being White House coordinator for the HIPAA medical privacy rule and chairing a White House working group on how to update wiretap laws for the Internet.

In 2009 and 2010 Swire served as Special Assistant to President Obama for Economic Policy, serving in the National Economic Council with Lawrence Summers. Swire worked extensively there on housing and housing finance, and also on broadband, spectrum, privacy, and other technology issues.