Peter Swire, Georgia Institute of Technology professor and senior counsel in Alston & Bird’s Privacy & Data Security Group, was honored with the 2015 Privacy Leadership Award from The International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP). Swire is recognized for his commitment to the privacy field in tackling emerging privacy and security issues in public policy, academia and industry.
Swire is one of the world’s foremost leaders in privacy and security issues. In addition to his role at Alston & Bird, he is the Huang Professor of Law and Ethics at the Georgia Institute of Technology. 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, Swire also served as Special Assistant to President Obama for Economic Policy. He was also President Clinton’s Chief Counselor for Privacy in the U.S. Office of Management and Budget. He currently serves as a Policy Fellow with the Center for Democracy and Technology. He is a former co-chair of the global Do Not Track process for the World Wide Web Consortium.
Swire joins an esteemed group of past award winners, including Julie Brill, U.S. Federal Trade Commissioner; Daniel Weitzner, director and co-founder of the MIT CSAIL Decentralized Information Group; Malcolm Crompton, former privacy commissioner of Australia, and Olympia J. Snowe, U.S. Senator.