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Professor Swire Expected to Testify Before Senate Judiciary Committee

June 20, 2008

Contact: Barbara Peck, (614) 292-0283

Professor Swire is expected to testify before the U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary on Wednesday, June 25. The hearing, entitled "Laptop Searches and Other Violations of Privacy Faced by Americans Returning from Overseas Travel," is expected to discuss controversial and growing practice of the Customs and Border Patrol seizing laptops at the border as part of its routine searches when people enter the country, according to Swire.

The hearing is expected to be web cast at this link.

Professor Swire testified Wednesday, June 18 before the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs. The hearing was used to discussed 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.

Peter 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.