Alston & Bird is pleased to announce that Peter Swire has joined the firm’s Privacy and Security practice as Senior Counsel. Peter was President Clinton’s Chief Counselor for Privacy in the U.S. Office of Management and Budget. He also served as one of five members of President Obama’s Review Group on Intelligence and Communications Technology, formed in the wake of Edward Snowden’s revelations regarding surveillance activities by the U.S. National Security Agency.
Peter has long been a thought and action leader in the privacy and security space. During his time in the Clinton administration, he was a leader in the administration’s efforts to implement the HIPAA Privacy Rule and the US/EU Safe Harbor and served as a key coordinator across multiple agencies working to update the nation’s wiretap laws for the Internet age. He later served as the chair of the Do Not Track Working Group of the World Wide Web Consortium and as a Special Assistant to President Obama for Economic Policy. He also currently serves as a Senior Fellow with the Future of Privacy Forum and is a Policy Fellow with the Center for Democracy and Technology.
Peter will provide strategic guidance and counseling to the firm’s clients on technology, privacy and security issues and policy matters. He will be based in the firm’s Atlanta office and remain in his full-time role as the Nancy J. and Lawrence P. Huang Professor of Law and Ethics at the Georgia Institute of Technology.