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Some PASS ID Amendments Are Cause for Concern

Last Wednesday, the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee agreed on several amendments to the PASS ID bill and sent the legislation on to the Senate. Let’s take a look at some of the changes: – Exceptions to the anti-skimming provision: A key privacy protection we support in PASS ID restricts the collection and use of information…

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CRS Report of the Week: Privacy Law and Online Advertising

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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What’s Up With Einstein?

Last week, the Senate Intelligence Committee reported a bill that would require the government to disclose information about the intrusion detection system for government computers that has been dubbed, “Einstein.” Section 340 of the Intelligence Committee’s Intelligence Authorization Act for FY 2010 (S. 1494) would require the government to report to Congress about privacy impact of Einstein, the legal…

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A really ugly case risks making some really bad law

CDT and the ACLU have joined a “friend of the court” brief filed in the Supreme Court by the DKT Liberty Project in what is a very ugly case. As the adage goes, “bad cases make bad law,” and this is especially true in First Amendment cases involving unseemly (or worse) speech. There…

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CRS Weekly Report: Access to Broadband Networks

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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Reboot the Rhetoric

Since Jim Harper at CATO continues to blatantly mischaracterize CDT’s position on the PASS ID bill. Let me state it as clearly as I have to him in email: PASS ID would create a driver’s license system that has no greater impact on privacy than the system that existed before REAL ID and is better than what…

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CRS Weekly Report: The REAL ID Act of 2005

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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Dealing with the Devil

Check out the guest blog post written by CDT’s Leslie Harris and John Morris for IndexonCensorship.org discussing the recent Nokia boycott in Iran and telecommunications companies doing business with oppressive international regimes: Some Nokia customers in Iran are attempting to organise a boycott of the wake of charges that the company assisted the government in tapping…

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CDT Softball Team Edges ACLU

Thought this wrap up from our softball team’s victory over ACLU from yesterday would be a good change of pace for Friday. Enjoy! In a striking, improbable, spectacular turn of events, the “Fleeting Expletives” defeated the ACLU’s “F’n A’s” on the Mall last night in moonlit game, long after the last fans had exited the stadium! Things had been looking…

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