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
Spotlight

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

FPF Letter to NY State Legislature
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June 17, 2019 | Amelia Vance

FPF Letter to NY State Legislature

On Friday, June 14, FPF submitted a letter to the New York State Assembly and Senate supporting a well-crafted moratorium on facial recognition systems for security uses in public schools. 

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Nothing to Hide: Tools for Talking (and Listening) About Data Privacy for Integrated Data Systems
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October 31, 2018 | Kelsey Finch

Nothing to Hide: Tools for Talking (and Listening) About Data Privacy for Integrated Data Systems

Data-driven and evidence-based social policy innovation can help governments serve communities better, smarter, and faster. Integrated Data Systems (IDS) use data that government agencies routinely collect in the normal course of delivering public services to shape local policy and practice. They can use data to evaluate the effectiveness of new initiatives or bridge gaps between public services and community providers.

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Law Enforcement Access to Student Records:  A Guide for School Administrators & Ed Tech Service Providers
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September 26, 2017 | FPF Staff

Law Enforcement Access to Student Records: A Guide for School Administrators & Ed Tech Service Providers

Washington, DC – Today, the Future of Privacy Forum released a new paper, Law Enforcement Access to Student Records: A Guide for School Administrators & Ed Tech Service Providers. With the repeal of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program last month, it is important that schools – and the companies that serve them – understand their legal options and when they may be required to disclose student personal information to law enforcement.

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