Over-sharing and Location Awareness

The following is a guest blog post provided by Frank Groeneveld, Barry Borsboom and Boy van Amstel.  They are the creators of, a website that uses Twitter's search functionality to show location-based messages. Their goal is to raise awareness about the potential risks of location-awareness and over-sharing.  The opinions here are theirs only and…

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Inviting FCC Mission Creep?

CDT is sending a letter to the Department of Justice today objecting to precisely three words — indeed, the last three words — of DoJ's press release earlier this month announcing its Task Force of Intellectual Property Enforcement.  Those words are "Federal Communications Commission."  Specifically, the end of the press release names the FCC as an agency…

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Google Execs Conviction in Italian Court Bodes Ill for Internet Free Expression

An Italian judge today convicted three Google executives of privacy violations stemming from user-generated content uploaded to the company's online video hosting platform.  The verdict, while deeply disturbing personally for the Google executives, has far reaching negative implications for free expression online in Italy specifically, as well as global internet free speech generally.  "It's an old adage…

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Weeding Twitter

Remember when you were all a buzz over Twitter (no pun intended)?  The snappy little microblogging application summed up where you were, what you were doing, and what you were thinking at the time.  Soon the buzz started to fade a bit but then you discovered a host of "really cool apps" that let you figure out how "popular"…

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Google Books Case Nearing an End?

Eyes from the copyright and copyleft alike – as well as privacy advocates – were on a federal court in New York City this morning as Judge Denny Chin presided over the final fairness hearing in the Google Books case. Google and the author and publisher plaintiffs vigorously defended their second attempt at a settlement that would transform Google Books…

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When the Web Was Young

In 1995, it was far from clear what First Amendment standards would apply to the emerging online environment. It was also equally unclear exactly what form the online world would ultimately take, with AOL a dominant player and direct Internet access still a rarity for most users.  By 1996 Congress tried to rein in this nascent technology and reduce…

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A Good Day for Health Privacy

Today’s Health IT News was focused on the Health IT Policy Committee’s discussions about adding some flexibility to the criteria that health care providers and hospitals will have to meet in order to be “meaningfully using” health IT.  Only “meaningful users” are eligible for to receive federal funds under the stimulus legislation (ARRA) to purchase electronic health records.     That…

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Buzz or Bust (Guest Blog Post)

CDT President Leslie Harris has a column in the Huffington Post discussing the recent "buzz" (no pun intended) surrounding the launch of Google Buzz.  As you're probably aware, Google's social network-like application was immediately panned by many Gmail users because of questionable privacy practices.  Within days of the launch, Google was making statements and tweaking Buzz based…

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The Buzz over at Google

Recently, Google launched Buzz, its own social media application that gives users – a new way to interact with a social network of statuses updates similar those found on Facebook and Twitter. The public backlash started almost immediately with Buzz users complaining about hard to understand privacy controls and their address books seemingly exposed to all of their…

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