Posts by Peter Swire

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WannaCry About Backdoors

There are many lessons to learn from the spread of the WannaCry ransomware attacks across the globe. One lesson that needs more attention is the danger that exists when a government attempts to create mandatory backdoors into computer software and systems.

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Peter Swire on Encryption and Mandated Access

Senate Committee on the Judiciary Questions for the Record from Senator Grassley To: Peter Swire Huang Professor of Law and Ethics Scheller College of Business Georgia Institute of Technology Global Competitiveness In my opening statement, one of the concerns I expressed was that, in considering solutions to the “Going Dark” problem, we carefully consider the […]

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A Historical Primer on Section 215 Bulk Collection

Over on the IAPP’s Privacy Tracker blog, FPF Senior Fellow explains how the past week has seen two significant events concerning Section 215 of the USA PATRIOT Act. First, on May 7, the Second Circuit ruled that “the telephone metadata program exceeds the scope of what Congress has authorized and therefore violates” Section 215. And yesterday, the House of Representatives approved the […]

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FPF Senior Fellow Peter Swire Provide Comments to the FCC on Broadband Consumer Privacy

Later today, Peter Swire, FPF Senior Fellow, will participate at the FCC’s public workshop on broadband consumer privacy. He also prepared written comments expanding on his thoughts. Professor Swire summarizes his research as follows: First, I examine the effect of the Section 222(a) definition of “proprietary information” as compared with the Section 222(c) definition of […]

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FPF Senior Fellow Peter Swire Receives Privacy Leadership Award

The Future of Privacy Forum congratulates our Senior Fellow, Peter Swire, on receiving the 2015 Privacy Leadership Award from the International Association of Privacy Professionals. Peter has worked with FPF since 2010 on a wide range of privacy and cyber-security issues, such as encryption, Big Data, and many more. His current work with FPF includes […]

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Debating the FBI on Phone Encryption

FBI Director James Comey has heated up the encryption debate with his recent appearances on Sixty Minutes and at the Brookings Institution.  Comey has sharply criticized Apple and Google for the companies’ announcements that they would enable strong encryption on their phones.  In contrast to prior practice, the companies would no longer keep a key […]

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Lessons from Fair Lending Law for Fair Marketing and Big Data

Lessons from Fair Lending Law for Fair Marketing and Big Data Where discrimination presents a real threat, big data need not necessary lead us to a new frontier. Existing laws, including the Equal Credit Opportunity Act and other fair lending laws, provide a number of protections that are relevant when big data is used for […]

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Peter Swire on Economic Espionage

FPF Senior Fellow Peter Swire writes today about a recent slate of indictments against members of China’s People’s Liberation Army for economic espionage. Swire argues that industrial cyber-espionage is distinct from intelligence surveillance. Specifically, economic espionage is a crime. Further, such espionage has serious economic consequences: Criminal laws against industrial espionage serve broader goals than […]

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New Report Shows Cybersecurity Risks from FBI “Going Dark” Proposal

Today’s New York Times discusses a major new report by 20 technologists about the cybersecurity risks that would result an FBI plan to expand wiretapping capabilities on the Internet.  The administration is reportedly close to sending the FBI proposal to Capitol Hill, to amend the Communications Assistance to Law Enforcement Act of 1994. FPF Senior […]