Ask CDT: Answers on Social Media Privacy

Last week, CDT Senior Resident Fellow and consumer privacy expert Justin Brookman took readers' questions for Ask CDT: Social Media Privacy. At the bottom of this post, Justin answers some of the questions via video; written answers for all of the questions are also provided below. Question: How do you define social media? What do you consider to be…

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Communications Service Providers and Global Human Rights

On October 8, the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) of the United Arab Emirates announced that BlackBerry services were now "compliant" with the UAE’s regulatory framework, thus averting the government’s threatened suspension of BlackBerry services. (The ban was originally scheduled to go into effect on October 11.) On October 18, RIM announced a partnership…

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CDT to Host Twitter Chat on Privacy

Recently, there has been a spate of high-profile news stories focusing on social media privacy, including the latest from the Wall Street Journal on Facebook apps transmitting identification information to advertisers. CDT has sought to shed light on this and other complex privacy issues with projects such as Ask CDT: Social Media Privacy. In an effort…

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Why Facebook Apps Story Is Problem For Entire Web

Over the weekend, the Wall Street Journal, in its continuing series of excellent articles about online privacy, released a controversial story about Facebook apps transmitting identification information to outside advertisers — in clear violation of Facebook policies.  In response, a number of other media outfits have collectively shrugged their shoulders, maintaining that sending this…

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DHS and NSA Partner to Defend Against Cyber-Attacks

Last week, the Department of Homeland Security and the National Security Agency announced their plans to work together to defend the U.S. from cyber-attacks.  Allowing the NSA to work with DHS cybersecurity teams could prove beneficial when it comes to harnessing NSA's expertise and ensuring DHS is up to speed. But the partnership does not come without risks to civil…

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Ask CDT: Social Media Privacy

Read answers to readers' questions on Social Media Privacy. Across tech websites, protecting personal privacy on social networks is often the subject of intense inquiry.  From October 18-24, CDT Senior Resident Fellow Justin Brookman (pictured right) will take questions from readers about social media privacy. Prior to joining CDT…

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CDT Details Smart Grid Privacy Recommendations to California Public Utilities Commission

Today, CDT submitted comments to the California Public Utilities Commission detailing how privacy can be protected as Smart Grid technologies are deployed.  The comments propose a comprehensive set of privacy policies and practices for the extensive and revealing data that the Smart Grid will generate about home energy usage. While the CDT proposal is based on the widely-accepted…

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Should Government Mandate “Backdoors” for Snooping on the Internet?

According to reports, the FBI is asking for the authority to require all Internet communications platforms build in a "backdoor" allowing law enforcement easy wiretapping access. This proposal could impact the Internet in three vital areas. First, security could be endangered because, ironically, easy-to-access backdoors invite hackers – whether foreign–governments, criminals or other malicious actors – to find those doors…

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Ring Ring, the Web is Calling – Or Not?

Last week I had the opportunity to participate at the RTC (Real-Time Communications) Web Workshop, a gathering focused on addressing what technical standards work is necessary to make real-time communications a reality on the web. Engineers and standards veterans from Cisco, Skype, Google, Mozilla, and a number of other companies spent the day debating and…

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