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Your Great Granddaddy Had Syphilis And Now Everyone Knows It

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) wants to remove health information privacy protections from people who have been dead for 50 years. HHS issued  a proposed rule to update health privacy regulations, and most of their modifications were quite positive from a privacy perspective. However, this idea is as weird and terrible

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CDT to Appear at pii2010 Conference in Seattle

In just two weeks, I'll be presenting in Seattle at Tech Policy Central's pii2010 conference. "pii" in this case stands for privacy, identity and innovation.  I'm looking forward to talking with identity thought leaders about how emerging technologies and business models are impacting data creation, sharing and aggregation, and how to strike a balance between protecting sensitive information and…

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UAE, BlackBerry Fight Highlights Global Internet Freedom Risks

The New York Times recently reported that the United Arab Emirates is preparing to suspend the use of BlackBerry mobile services unless Research in Motion (RIM), the Canadian corporation that provides those services, agrees to get “in line with UAE telecommunications regulations,” by making unspecified accommodations to allow for government surveillance. The ban extends to BlackBerry devices…

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Closing Pandora’s Box

Last night, Pandora announced on their blog that they are taking all their users through a new interface to choose privacy settings for sharing information on its popular music listening site.  We think this is a big deal for consumers, and we’re glad to see Pandora taking affirmative steps to put users in control of their privacy.

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Rite Aid Gets a Million Dollar Lesson in Privacy

About four years ago, an Indianapolis TV news station found that Rite Aid – and other pharmacies around the country – were dumping patient information in public trash bins. Based on this report, the Dept. of Health and Human Services Office of Civil Rights (OCR) opened an investigation of Rite Aid, and yesterday announced that…

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Leave COPPA–and the Kids–Alone

In her latest Huffington Post column, CDT President Leslie Harris argues against current moves to expand the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) to include teens up to 17-years-old.  As the law stands, only 12-and-under are covered.   COPPA, on the books now for a dozen years, has done yeoman like work in helping parents control…

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CDT Issues Privacy Recommendations for PHRs

The Center for Democracy & Technology today released a report recommending privacy and security protections for personal health records (PHRs). CDT believes PHRs should be subject to comprehensive policies comprised of a mix of legal requirements and voluntary best practices. CDT’s recommendations – summarized below – are designed to preserve public trust in PHRs and enable the…

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Sticking Up for the DMCA Safe Harbor, Again

Last month, YouTube prevailed in the blockbuster copyright lawsuit filed against it by Viacom.  The court agreed, as we had argued in a brief that we filed with a number of allies, that Viacom's crimped reading of the DMCA section 512 "safe harbor" was inconsistent with the statute and with the intent of Congress. …

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