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CDT Weighs In On Mayfield Case

In a brief filed today with the Ninth Circuit of Appeals, the Center for Democracy & Technology asked the court to strike down a provision of the Patriot Act as unconstitutional. That provision allows the government to use intelligence authorities to conduct searches for criminal purposes without first having probable cause of a crime. CDT and three…

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House Passes Compromise Surveillance Bill

CDT applauded the House of Representatives today for passing a compromise intelligence surveillance bill. CDT urges the Senate to adopt the bill’s provisions protecting privacy and promoting accountability. The House bill requires prior judicial authorization of procedures governing surveillance targeting people abroad who may be communicating with people in the U.S., but does not require individual orders…

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CDT Urges Support for Compromise FISA Bill

Calling the legislation a "responsible compromise," the Center for Democracy & Technology urged members of Congress to support a House leadership bill amending the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act. The House is expected to vote this week on the legislation, which represents a compromise between a measure previously passed by the House and a competing Senate version favored by the…

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CDT Comments on E-Verify Program

Today CDT submitted written comments to the Department of Homeland Security’s Data Privacy and Integrity Advisory Committee on the substantial privacy and civil liberties risks of E-Verify, the DHS program to electronically verify the work eligibility of newly hired employees in an effort to combat illegal immigration. CDT urged the Committee to make recommendations to DHS and Congress to…

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Major Player Emerges on Health Information Technology and Privacy

CDT announced today it is joining forces with the Health Privacy Project, creating a major voice to address the privacy challenges posed by the electronic exchange of personal health information. CDT’s Health Privacy Project will take on key policy questions, including: the proper role of notice and consent, the right of patients to access their own health…

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CDT: Commission Needed to Explore Revamping Privacy Act

The Privacy Act of 1974 is in need of improvements to ensure its relevance into the future, CDT Deputy Director Ari Schwartz said in testimony before a congressional panel today. The Act’s limitations are particularly apparent with regard to government use of commercially compiled personal information, Schwartz told the Information Policy, Census, and National Archives Subcommittee. Commercial…

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CDT Releases Principles for Behavioral Targeting Privacy Tools

CDT today released a set of privacy principles to help guide the development of software tools related to online behavioral targeting. Developed in consultation with members of CDT’s Internet Privacy Working Group (IPWG), the principles aim to bolster the development of tools for Web browsers and other software that empower users with the ability to manage their privacy and…

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Task Force Faces Complex Issues in Protecting Children Online: CDTAppreciates Opportunity to Participate, Remains Skeptical

For immediate release: February 28, 2008 Contact: Brock N. Meeks, CDT (202) 637-9800 ex. 114 (703) 989-3547 (CELL) Washington, D.C. — The Center for Democracy & Technology today announced its participation in the newly formed Internet Safety Technical Task Force, created to examine technologies that might be used to protect children from inappropriate material or contacts on the Internet. The task force, an outgrowth of…

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Task Force Faces Complex Issues in Protecting Children Online

The Internet Safety Technical Task Force, launched today, said it plans to focus on the efficacy of age verification technologies as a means of protecting children from inappropriate content and contacts. While CDT is pleased to participate as a member of the task force, it does so with a healthy dose of skepticism. Not only must the task…

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Easy, Timely, Public Access to CRS Reports Urged

Efforts to make Congressional Research Service (CRS) reports more accessible to the public received another boost today from Sen. Joe Lieberman, (ID-Conn.), who asked that a complete system be crafted that is readily accessible to the public. Currently, making the reports public is a time intensive task handled by congressional staff. Lieberman’s request went to Sen. Dianne…

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