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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This post was originally made on the PrivacyCamp Blog.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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Get Ready for PrivacyCampDC!

This Saturday, June 20th in Washington, DC is PrivacyCampDC, an opportunity for researchers, developers, practitioners, citizens and other enthusiasts to connect, collaborate and share knowledge with a particular focus on electronic privacy and government policy. When:   Saturday, June 20th, 2009 from 8am to 5pm (the weekend prior to the Department of Homeland Security’s Government 2.0: Privacy and Best…

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Ari Schwartz Talks Privacy Act Updates

Ari Schwartz recently spoke with Information Security Media Group’s Eric Chabrow about updates needed to the federal Privacy Act and how Internet users can get involved in the discussion by visiting www.eprivacyact.org and making their own edits to the legislation. The interview is available in streaming audio online, which you can list to here.   Enjoy!

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PASS ID Act Offers REAL Reforms

Today legislation was introduced in Congress to provide a much needed overhaul of the REAL ID program by Senators Akaka (D-HI), Baucus (D-MT), Carper (D-DE), Tester (D-MT), and Voinovich (R-OH) the new bill is known as the Providing for Additional Security in States' Identification (PASS ID) Act of 2009. Since its inception in 2005, REAL ID has long…

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