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CRS Weekly Report: Comprehensive National Cybersecurity Initiative

The Congressional Research Service is a $100 million a year think tank that researches and writes informative and non-partisan reports on topics suggested by members of Congress. The catch–and the reason you might not have read their work–is that CRS reports are only made easily available to members of Congress. Citizens can request these reports from lawmakers, but without…

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Another Side of Section 230

Yesterday the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit issued an excellent decision in a focused-but-important appeal dealing with “Section 230,” which provides vital protections to service providers who facilitate online speech and users’ ability to control their Internet experiences. The case involved a less familiar aspect of Section 230, which is commonly applied in free speech rulings that…

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Leveraging Trade as a Tool Against Censorship

An article in the Washington Post today outlines how some senior U.S. officials are leaning on trade issues to pressure China on its recent mandate that all computers sold in that country must come pre-installed with Web-filtering software. Computer experts that have examined the Chinese developed Web-filtering software have found a laundry list of problems, from security holes…

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A Remedy for Every Wrong? Why We Need a Consistent Privacy Act

The Privacy Act of 1974-the law designed to protect your rights as the government collects, uses, and shares your data-fails to consistently protect of citizens' privacy because circuit courts disagree on how to interpret its language. Different interpretations and decisions based on this law have come out of circuit courts and have helped support the notion that a consistent…

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Give Me My Data!

On Monday night, a website called HealthDataRights.org went live.  The site promotes better access to one’s own health data, and serves as a portal where individuals and entities can endorse/support A Declaration of Health Data Rights. “We the people,” the site asserts: 1) Have the right to our own health data; 2) Have the right to know…

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Court Decision Protects Free Speech Online

At the urging of CDT, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals issued an "amended" decision in the Barnes v. Yahoo! Case, correcting two serious errors that had been included in the court’s initial decision. In May, CDT and others had filed a "friend of the court" brief urging the court to delete language that limited service…

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Highlights from PrivacyCampDC09!

This post was originally made on the PrivacyCamp Blog. PrivacyCampDC is in the books and it was fantastic! A collection of people representing interests in both the public and private sector gathered together to share knowledge and expertise on a number of topics including (but certainly not limited to) the future of privacy rights in a Government 2.0…

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Fed CIO: Innovation, Privacy and Security Not Competiting Values

At the Department of Homeland Security’s Workshop Government 2.0: Privacy and Best Practices this morning, the Federal CIO, Vivek Kundra, spoke about a range of issue regarding the federal government’s use of new technologies. In particular, Kundra strongly emphasized the important message that innovation, privacy and security are not competing values. Kundra’s main strategy to address these values…

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Tracking the Promise and Progress of Obama’s Cybersecurity Plan

When the White House released its review and recommendations for the current state of cybersecurity policy, CDT applauded the Administration for showing attentiveness to the concerns of privacy and civil liberties groups by constructing the report in a collaborative and open manner. The level of transparency and knowledge sharing demonstrated in the creation of the report will need…

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The Dawn of the Location-Enabled Web

There's been a lot of buzz over the last few days about the new iPhone 3.0 software that was released this week. You might have seen reviews of a new service offered as part of the update called Find my iPhone, which shows you your iPhone's location on an online map should you misplace it. But while…

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