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FTC Roundtables on Privacy and Technology

Today the FTC begins hosting their series of day-long public roundtable discussions to explore the privacy challenges posed by new technology and business practices that collect and use consumer data. These discussions are being aired on a live webcast courtesy of the FTC and are a great opportunity for privacy advocates to make a public statement about the…

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Illegal Internet Downloads: 3 Strikes and You’re Out?

There are no quiet days here at CDT and today is no exception. Our CEO Leslie Harris has a guest column on ABC’s "Ahead of the Curve" discussing the extreme measures some countries are taking to curb digital copyright issues and how they may impact domestic policy on this matter.  The piece focuses on the severity of international responses to…

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Assessing GNI, One Year On

This fall the Global Network Initiative (GNI) marks its first anniversary since launch in 2008. The GNI published a newsletter reflecting on its progress to date and outlining the organization’s priorities for the coming year – read the whole thing here. This year has been both challenging and rewarding. It has been an exercise in…

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“Privacy by Design” in the Smart Grid

 Working with students at UC Berkeley’s Samuelson Law, Technology, and Public Policy Clinic, CDT submitted comments to the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) calling for the implementation of strong privacy principles in NIST’s effort to coordinate the development of standards for the modernized and interconnected “smart” electricity grid. The Smart Grid promises great benefits to…

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ONC Changes Things Up at the Office

  On Tuesday, The Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) for Health IT, within the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services (HHS), announced plans to reorganize its office by creating five new offices under ONC, including the Office of the Chief Privacy Officer (CPO), which will advise the National Coordinator…

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TARP Transparency Moves to the Senate

Two months ago, we testified in support of a bill in the House (H.R. 1242) that would require the Treasury to create an almost-real-time database of TARP information. The bill's sponsor, Rep. Maloney, put together a large, bipartisan set of co-sponsors, and yesterday the bill passed the House unanimously. This bill continues to be an important step…

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Get ready to Take Back Your Privacy!

Today, CDT launches "Take Back Your Privacy" – our Internet user privacy campaign aimed at mobilizing users to demand better privacy controls from web sites and product makers as well as press federal lawmakers to pass workable 21st century consumer privacy legislation.   Many Internet users have long been unaware of the dangers and risks to their personal data that…

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Free Expression Falling Victim to Fear of Violence

CDT signed on to a joint statement released yesterday decrying the increase in censorship and self-censorship stemming from a fear of violence.  The immediate trigger for the statement was the decision by Yale University Press (YUP) to remove all images of Mohammed from Jytte Klausen’s new scholarly book, "The Cartoons that Shook the World."  YUP said that they…

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CONNECT with CDT

The new CDT.org launched last week with several new features included our new "Connect" section.  The "Connect" section of CDT.org helps users learn about what we’re working on through standard forms like blogs and press releases, and with several new capabilities brought about through our social media tools and multimedia formats like pictures, videos and podcasts (coming soon!). Our…

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Domo Arigato, IETF

Two weeks ago, upwards of 1100 dedicated souls gathered in Hiroshima, Japan for the 76th meeting of the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF). Although I’ve been regularly attending these meetings for some time now, whenever this group gathers I’m always surprised and delighted anew at the extent to which the goal of the IETF…

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