Future of Privacy

Encryption & Lawful Access

Encryption, Lawful Access, and Globalization 

This project addresses key issues of privacy and security on the global Internet.  The project will formally launch in early 2012.


Peter Swire is Director of the Project, and a Senior Fellow of the Future of Privacy Forum.  He is the C. William O’Neill Professor of Law at the Moritz College of Law of the Ohio State University, and a Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress and Center for Democracy and Technology.

From 1999 to early 2001, 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.  In that role, he chaired the White House Working Group on encryption, as well as a White House Working Group on how to update wiretap laws for the Internet.  In 2009 and 2010 he served as Special Assistant to the President for Economic Policy, in the National Economic Council.

Swire has written extensively on privacy and cybersecurity topics.  His writing, speeches, and other materials are available here.


Recent Publications by Peter Swire on Encryption and Lawful Access:

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About Future of Privacy

The Future of Privacy Forum (FPF) is a Washington, DC based think tank that seeks to advance responsible data practices. The forum is led by Internet privacy experts Jules Polonetsky and Christopher Wolf and includes an advisory board comprised of leading figures from industry, academia, law and advocacy groups.more →