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Peter Swire, Nancy J. and Lawrence P. Huang Professor of Law and Ethics. Under President Obama, he has served as Special Assistant to the President for Economic Policy and as a member of the Review Group on Intelligence and Communications Technology. Swire also served under President Clinton as Chief Counselor for Privacy.
Peter Swire, Nancy J. and Lawrence P. Huang Professor of Law and Ethics. Under President Obama, he has served as Special Assistant to the President for Economic Policy and as a member of the Review Group on Intelligence and Communications Technology. Swire also served under President Clinton as Chief Counselor for Privacy.

Professor Peter Swire Testifies Before Senate on Impact of “Going Dark”

Professor Peter Swire appeared before the U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary to testify in the panel discussion “Going Dark: Encryption, Technology, and the Balance Between Public Safety and Privacy.” At issue is the conflict between requests by law enforcement to access encrypted data to track suspected terrorist activity and the public’s right to protected personal data.

Law enforcement and intelligence agencies assert that suspects using encrypted devices such as iPhones and Androids essentially “go dark”, meaning a suspect’s location and communications are no longer trackable. Professor Swire testified on the impact providing encrypted data access to the law enforcement agencies would have on personal privacy and diplomatic and security interests.

Other experts testifying before the Senate panel included Sally Quillian Yates, Deputy Attorney General for the U.S. Department of Justice and James B. Comey, Jr., Director of the FBI.

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