White House names Peter Swire to be an adviser on privacy policy

Peter P. Swire, a specialist in privacy law, will advise the White House on policies
for government and industry use of personal information. Swire will guide administration
initiatives, work with states and be an international contact for privacy issues. An
Office of Management and Budget official said, however, that Swire will not set policy.

The appointment follows Vice President Gore’s promise last year that the White
House will focus on privacy concerns and increase protection of personal data. Swire
“will provide expertise on privacy issues, helping to find an appropriate balance
between individual privacy and the legitimate use of personal information by government
and the private sector,” Gore said.

Swire graduated from Yale Law School in 1995 and became a professor at Ohio State
University College of Law in 1996.

Last fall, Swire and Robert Litan of the Brookings Institution, a Washington think
tank, published None of Your Business: World Data Flows, Electronic Commerce, and the
European Privacy Directive, a book on the European Union law prohibiting the transfer of
personal information to countries that cannot protect it.  

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