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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Congress Surveys Consumer Privacy Landscape

Privacy is a building block of trust in this digital age; and yes, there's an "app" for that.  It's called a federal baseline consumer privacy bill, it just hasn't passed… yet.   CDT President Leslie Harris testified yesterday at a hearing of the House Subcommittee on Commerce, Trade, and Consumer Protection examining two current privacy bills;…

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What if You Had a National Strategy and Nobody Cared?

Earlier this month, the White House released its draft National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace (NSTIC). This week, CDT submitted comments as part of the public comment process on the National Strategy. CDT has written about the National Strategy before.  We welcome the National Strategy to the conversation because it has the ability…

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CDT Announces Four New Board Members

CDT Completes Transition to New Board with Election of Four New Members WASHINGTON – The Center for Democracy & Technology today is pleased to announce four new board members:  Bill Bernstein, member of the law firm Manatt, Phelps & Phillips; Pamela Jones Harbour, former FTC Commissioner; Doug Lowenstein, President and CEO of the Private Equity Council; and Jimmy…

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Crawford on the Status of DNS

One of the main sticking points in the FCC debate over reclassifying Internet service is likely to be whether DNS service makes carriers’ entire offering into a unified information service instead of a telecommunications service, as the FCC found in 2002.  Our comments argue that it should not, because of an exception for the “management, control,…

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