Prof. Swire Provides Expert Testimony to Congress Twice Within a Week
Professor Peter Swire was called to testify before two U.S. Senate Committees within a week in June. He testified Wednesday, June 25, before the U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary in a hearing, entitled "Laptop Searches and Other Violations of Privacy Faced by Americans Returning from Overseas Travel." The hearing discussed the controversial and growing Customs and Border Patrol practice of seizing laptops at the border as part of its routine searches when people enter the country. You can find a New York Sun article about the hearing at this link and a Los Angeles Times story at this link. Click here to watch a web cast of the hearing. Read Professor Swire’s testimony at this link.
Professor Swire testified Wednesday, June 18, before the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs. The hearing was used to discuss the federal government’s efforts to protect personal information. Swire’s testimony can be found at this link. A web cast of the hearing can be found at this link.
Professor Swire, the C. William O'Neill Professor in Law and Judicial Administration, is an internationally recognized expert in the fields of privacy, computer security, and the law of cyberspace. From 1999 until early 2001, he served as the Clinton Administration's Chief Counselor for Privacy, in the U.S. Office of Management and Budget. In that position, he was White House coordinator for the proposed and final HIPAA medical privacy rules, and chaired a White House Working Group on how to update surveillance law for the Internet age. He now is director of the College’s Washington, D.C., summer program, and students in the program attended both June hearings and met with Senate staff.
Stacey Laskin, a member of Moritz’s class of 2010, wrote a blog post on the hearing for the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press. Laskin is interning for the Committee through the Washington, D.C., Summer Program.