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Joint CDT, PFF Project Tracks Online Child Protection and Free Speech Legislation

A joint project of the Center for Democracy & Technology and the Progress & Freedom Foundation tracks more than 30 pieces of federal legislation that seek to protect children online, some of which pose serious threats to free speech. The reports released today summarize and categorize child online safety bills introduced in the 110th Congress, analyze free speech implications…

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REAL ID Rule Represents Worst of Both Worlds

Final regulations issued by the Department of Homeland Security have rendered the REAL ID Act, intended to strengthen processes for issuance of driver’s licenses nationwide, virtually useless as a security measure, while exacerbating privacy problems, CDT concluded in a comprehensive analysis of the rules, which were issued last month. CDT is urging Congress to enact legislation addressing concerns…

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Plan for ICANN’s Future Urgently Needed

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), the private, non-profit steward of the global domain name system, does not have a mechanism to protect itself against governmental interference, CDT warned in comments filed with the U.S. Department of Commerce. While ICANN has made major strides in improving the transparency of its procedures, there is urgent need…

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CDT Urges FTC to Support Privacy Enhancing Technologies

CDT today urged the Federal Trade Commission to expeditiously review and publicly dismiss a complaint against Ask.com alleging unfair and deceptive practices relating to the company’s AskEraser technology. CDT believes the allegations are unfounded, noting that Ask.com addressed the issues within its control prior to the filing of the complaint, and is in the process of investigating how to…

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Senate Resumes Debate on Wiretap Rules

The Senate this week plans to resume debate on legislation setting rules for government surveillance of communications between people in the U.S. and targets abroad. Two competing bills and possible amendments offer different approaches to Executive Branch power, judicial supervision of intelligence agency activities, and the role of telecommunications companies in assisting warrantless surveillance after 9/11. CDT has…

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DHS Urged To Take Leadership Role in CCTV Deployment

The Department of Homeland Security has a responsibility to ensure that video surveillance systems paid for with federal taxpayer dollars don’t erode privacy and civil liberties, CDT said in comments filed today. Given evidence that video cameras do not enhance security in many situations, the first step is for DHS to develop a system to evaluate the likely effectiveness…

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DHS Releases Final Regulations for REAL ID Act

Department of Homeland Security today released its final regulations to implement the REAL ID Act. As CDT expected, based on the proposed regulations published last March, the final rules direct how states will issue driver’s licenses but fail to provide meaningful privacy and security requirements for personal information collected, stored and shared within the REAL ID system. CDT has…

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