About this Issue

FPF Senior Fellow Peter Swire plays a lead role in efforts to ensure law enforcement and surveillance take into account privacy and rights of the individual.  FPF supports Professor Swire’s work and our staff collaborate with him and his team at the Georgia Institute of Technology where he is the Nancy J. and Lawrence P. Huang Professor of Law and Ethics at the Scheller College of Business. Professor Swire has been a recognized leader in privacy, cybersecurity, and the law of cyberspace for well over a decade, as a scholar, government official, and participant in numerous policy, public interest, and business settings.

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From 2009 to 2010 Professor Swire was Special Assistant to the President for Economic Policy, serving in the National Economic Council under Lawrence Summers. From 1999 to early 2001 Professor Swire served as the Clinton Administration’s Chief Counselor for Privacy, in the U.S. Office of Management and Budget, as the only person to date to have government-wide responsibility for privacy issues.

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To view more of Professor Swire’s work,  please visit peterswire.net.

WannaCry About Backdoors
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June 2, 2017 | Peter Swire

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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What's Happening: Government & Law Enforcement

Congratulations to Former FPF Advisory Board Member, Jim Byrne, the new General Counsel of the Veterans Administration
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August 7, 2017 | Jules Polonetsky

Congratulations to Former FPF Advisory Board Member, Jim Byrne, the new General Counsel of the Veterans Administration

Former FPF Advisory Board Member (and former IAPP Chairman of Board) James Byrne was confirmed on Friday by the United States Senate to be General Counsel of the Veterans Administration. Jim has had a great career as a privacy leader at Lockheed Martin, and is a great choice to help address the many challenges facing the VA and our veterans. We have appreciated his advice, support and friendship and look forward to his success. We wish him good luck!

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FPF Joins Coalition to Reject DHS Proposal to Demand Passwords to Enter the U.S.
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February 22, 2017 | Melanie Bates

FPF Joins Coalition to Reject DHS Proposal to Demand Passwords to Enter the U.S.

Yesterday, FPF joined a broad coalition in a joint statement to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) opposing password demands of travelers. Secretary John Kelly suggested DHS could require non-citizens to provide the passwords to their social media accounts as a condition of entering the country. As articulated in the letter, the practice of demanding social media passwords would not increase the security of U.S. citizens and would jeopardize the fundamental rights of people in the U.S. and abroad.

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FPF Supports the Email Privacy Act – H.R. 387
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January 10, 2017 | Brenda Leong

FPF Supports the Email Privacy Act – H.R. 387

Yesterday, Congress introduced the Email Privacy Act (H.R. 387), which would update protections in the Electronic Communications Act (ECPA) to take account of citizens’ evolving use of technology and better align the law with consumers’ reasonable expectations of privacy in the contents of their email communications.

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