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CDT Corrects the Record About Security of Personal Data on REAL ID Cards

Today CDT sent a letter to the Senate Judiciary Committee highlighting Department of Homeland Security Michael Chertoff’s recent testimony in which he wrongly asserted that the personal information stored on REAL ID cards will be safe from unauthorized access, and accused privacy advocates of spreading “misinformation.â€? In fact, the REAL ID Act and regulations mandate that Americans’ personal…

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Liability Protection for Internet Content Venues Threatened

Over the past few months, the Center for Democracy & Technology has joined a series of “friend of the court” briefs urging courts to broadly enforce a federal law that shields Internet website operators from liability for content posted by Internet users. This immunity from liability has been a vital underpinning of the explosion of user generated sites such…

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Comcast To Quit Controversial Congestion Management Practice

Comcast, in a joint statement with BitTorrent, today said that by the end of 2008 it will abandon the controversial practice of responding to network congestion by degrading BitTorrent and other selected peer-to-peer traffic, in favor of a “protocol agnostic” approach. CDT applauds the new announcement because it appears to call for exactly the kind…

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Compendium of Behavioral Targeting ‘Sensitive’ Definitions

CDT today released a compendium of definitions for those grappling with the question of what information should be considered "sensitive" in the online behavioral targeting context. Culled from an array of statutes, self-regulatory guidelines and policy proposals, the definitions address information about individuals that has been granted some measure of special treatment. Use of sensitive data is a key…

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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 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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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: 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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