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Protecting Privacy in Online Identity: A Closer Look at the Fair Credit Reporting Act

Last week, CDT submitted comments to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) highlighting the need to develop some type of private or public legal regime that ensures identity providers properly safeguard consumer privacy in the emerging identity management industry. Specifically, the comments suggest that the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) may apply to identity providers in certain circumstances based on…

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CDT Issues Report and Recommendations on Digital Signage and Privacy

On Monday, the Center for Democracy & Technology (CDT) released a report on consumer privacy and the digital signage industry entitled, Building the Digital Out-Of-Home Privacy Infrastructure. Digital out-of-home (DOOH) refers to the digital signs, billboards and displays rapidly proliferating in stores and other places.  Increasingly, these signs can capture information about the people walking by…

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Should all sensitive data be treated the same?

There was a discussion over on ReadWriteWeb yesterday about whether location information should be given the same privacy protections as medical data. The blog post made reference to the recent testimony of CDT General Counsel John Morris on location privacy but challenged his assertion that “ will require location be treated as sensitive data, like…

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The Location-Enabled Web Debate Hits Capitol Hill

CDT’s John Morris testified this morning in a Congressional hearing on “The Collection and Use of Location Information for Commercial Purposes.”  Held by the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s Subcommittee on Commerce, Trade, and Consumer Protection and Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, and the Internet, the hearing featured testimony from business, consumer, and academic representatives on how Congress can…

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Over-sharing and Location Awareness

The following is a guest blog post provided by Frank Groeneveld, Barry Borsboom and Boy van Amstel.  They are the creators of PleaseRobMe.com, a website that uses Twitter's search functionality to show location-based messages. Their goal is to raise awareness about the potential risks of location-awareness and over-sharing.  The opinions here are theirs only and…

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Inviting FCC Mission Creep?

CDT is sending a letter to the Department of Justice today objecting to precisely three words — indeed, the last three words — of DoJ's press release earlier this month announcing its Task Force of Intellectual Property Enforcement.  Those words are "Federal Communications Commission."  Specifically, the end of the press release names the FCC as an agency…

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Google Execs Conviction in Italian Court Bodes Ill for Internet Free Expression

An Italian judge today convicted three Google executives of privacy violations stemming from user-generated content uploaded to the company's online video hosting platform.  The verdict, while deeply disturbing personally for the Google executives, has far reaching negative implications for free expression online in Italy specifically, as well as global internet free speech generally.  "It's an old adage…

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Weeding Twitter

Remember when you were all a buzz over Twitter (no pun intended)?  The snappy little microblogging application summed up where you were, what you were doing, and what you were thinking at the time.  Soon the buzz started to fade a bit but then you discovered a host of "really cool apps" that let you figure out how "popular"…

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Google Books Case Nearing an End?

Eyes from the copyright and copyleft alike – as well as privacy advocates – were on a federal court in New York City this morning as Judge Denny Chin presided over the final fairness hearing in the Google Books case. Google and the author and publisher plaintiffs vigorously defended their second attempt at a settlement that would transform Google Books…

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When the Web Was Young

In 1995, it was far from clear what First Amendment standards would apply to the emerging online environment. It was also equally unclear exactly what form the online world would ultimately take, with AOL a dominant player and direct Internet access still a rarity for most users.  By 1996 Congress tried to rein in this nascent technology and reduce…

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