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The Ghost of Patriot Past

It seems like the debate over health care reform has sucked all the oxygen out of the public dialog, as if nothing else were happening here in Washington. Think again. Perhaps one of the most significant "behind the scenes" actions happened late last week when the Obama Administration failed to support significant changes to the Patriot Act…

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Syracuse University Orange to Crush Student Privacy Rights

Recently Syracuse University, my alma mater, took steps to increase campus security by installing a video-surveillance system in all entrances and exits of residence halls and one academic building. This took two years of planning for the 168 new cameras being installed on campus, but it is unclear how the University is ensuring the privacy of students as…

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Surveillance for profit and the incredible shrinking expectation of privacy

Digital signage media – video displays on screens ranging from TV-sized monitors in stores to roadside billboards – is maturing into an offline version of behavioral advertising. What effect will this have on consumers' expectation of privacy in public spaces? Recently, in the UK, a fresh example arose of the growing conflict between these digital signs and privacy…

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Senate Committee Misses Chance to Limit Patriot Act

CDT’s Gregory Nojeim has a guest blog post today on the American Constitution Society’s blog. Nojeim discusses the PATRIOT Act markup from yesterday’s Senate Judiciary Committee hearing and voices his disappointment with the committee’s failure to take action on the issues surrounding National Security Letters (NSL). CDT has been an active voice…

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Proposed Rule Implements the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act

On October 1st, the Office of Civil Rights (OCR) within the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued a Proposed Rule with respect to the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA), a federal law passed in May 2008 that protects individuals against discrimination in health care coverage and employment based on genetic information. Many states already…

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Update in Google Books Lawsuit

Earlier today, Judge Denny Chin approved an aggressive schedule for the parties in the Google Books lawsuit to submit an amended settlement agreement. Michael Boni, speaking for all parties, indicated that the parties have been hard at work since the Department of Justice raised concerns about the original settlement (arrived at after years of negotiation), and that…

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Digital Signage and Offline Behavioral Advertising

Recently, CDT’s Harley Geiger wrote a guest blog post for Business 2.0 Press discussing new developments in digital signage and behavioral advertising in the wake of the online advertising study released last week. Check it out and let us know what you think. Thanks again to Business 2.0 Press for the opportunity.

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Trend Towards Wireless Openness Continues

In separate announcements yesterday, Verizon Wireless and AT&T took welcome steps towards greater openness in the wireless industry. By “openness,” I mean the extent to which wireless networks allow the use of devices and services that aren’t affiliated with the operators of those networks. Verizon Wireless said it would work with Google to provide fully open wireless phones…

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CDT Urges Google’s Lawyers to Reconsider Privacy Protections In Letter

CDT, EFF, and other commenters on the Google Books settlement sent a letter to Google’s lawyers yesterday asking the company to reconsider the privacy protections it will build into Google Books, taking advantage of the last-minute extension in the case. Google and the authors and publishers who sued the company are currently renegotiating the proposed…

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