Government Needs to Incentivize, Not Own, Online ID

Last week, the White House released a draft strategy to make the Internet more secure. CDT has been part of this effort to develop an identity management strategy for the United States, part of the cybersecurity strategy suggested in the cybersecurity policy review released earlier this year. The Strategy focuses on ways to establish and maintain trusted digital…

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CDT Files FTC Complaint Against Spokeo, Inc.

Today we filed a complaint with the FTC and multiple state attorney generals' offices against online data broker and aggregator Spokeo, Inc. We hope the FTC will view this complaint as an opportunity to tackle the growing issue of online — and offline — data aggregators offering unregulated consumer profiles. Spokeo offers detailed profiles about millions of Americans on its…

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Encouraging Steps on Privacy from Facebook

Today, Facebook announced positive steps to ensure that platform applications will begin adhering to a new standard of transparency: before users connect to an application, they will interact with a dialog box that details exactly what pieces of personal information the user will have to share in order to use the app. In the past, Facebook…

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Good News: FTC Not Inclined to Halt the Internet

Last week, I attended the latest of the Federal Trade Commission's series of workshops held to explore how the Internet has affected journalism. The workshop fleshed out a few ideas suggested to the Commission during earlier stages of the series – some of which would alter copyright law to the severe detriment of the Internet. Thankfully, it seems that…

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Risky Business in Russia

Yesterday, Cisco announced a more than one billion dollar initiative to leapfrog innovation in Russia’s ICT sector. As part of the Skolkovo Project, Cisco will establish a “physical presence” in Skolkovo, relocate employees from its engineering team to the area, and launch Skolkovo as a model for Cisco’s “Smart+Connected Communities” by building networked infrastructure that enables…

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New Federal Web 2.0 Rules Lack Full Privacy Protections

OMB today released two long-awaited memos on federal agency use of cookies and Web 2.0 services. As the Administration urges agencies to use new tools that make government services easier to use, it's reasonable that they re-evaluate the policies that also hinder the use of some of these tools.  Most of the public have come to expect that pages…

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Cybersecurity Bill: The Good, the Bad and the Maybe

Today CDT, along with 23 other privacy and civil liberties groups, sent a letter to Senators Lieberman, Collins and Carper listing concerns about the cybersecurity bill that the senators recently introduced. “Changes are needed to ensure that cybersecurity measures do not unnecessarily infringe on free speech, privacy, and other civil liberties interests,” the letter…

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Whither Art Thou, iPhone 4?

I was one of the lucky bunch to get an early iPhone 4, so my first thought, naturally, was "I wonder how good the location privacy settings are?" This is why I work at CDT. The truth is, the location privacy settings are not terribly different from my preview of Apple's iOS 4, but there are a few…

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Court Decision for YouTube Is Big Win for Internet

We've just gotten word that YouTube has prevailed in the blockbuster litigation brought by Viacom.  This promises to be a big development for the future of the Internet.  We've previously explained what's at stake; Viacom's lawsuit was nothing less than a radical attempt to roll back the crucial "safe harbor" provision of the Digital Millennium…

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