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Welcome to the New CDT…Finally

When I interviewed at CDT eight months ago, I was asked to grade their website. I’ll be honest – I was not entirely honest when I gave it a C+. I knew they were looking to re-invent the site in Drupal, but I didn’t want to be too harsh. Here at the Center for Democracy & Technology, we do…

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Calling for Interns, law clerks, and a Google Policy Fellow!

CDT is now accepting applications for interns and law clerks for both the spring and summer. Law clerks and interns contribute substantially to CDT’s work by conducting legal and policy research; drafting reports and legal analyses; assisting in the preparation of testimony, presentations, legislation and briefs; and by helping create online and other educational resources. The small size of…

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P3P and the Future of PETs

I will be speaking on Thursday at the European Commission’s Workshop on the Economic Benefits of Privacy-enhancing Technologies in Brussels. With many calling for a revamping of ideas using metadata to help protect privacy, I felt that it was important to use the occasion to write a short paper entitled “Looking Back at P3P: Lessons for the…

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CDT Urges White House to Move on PCLOB

Today, CDT and 28 other organizations sent a letter to the White House asking that the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board (PCLOB) be reconstituted. The 9/11 Commission recommended the creation of PCLOB in order to oversee the protections to civil liberties and privacy within the federal government, but the board has not been active since…

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Considering the Cloud in Sunny Madrid

Last week, I attended the 31st International Conference of Data Protection and Privacy Commissioners in Madrid. Government data privacy officials representing 46 countries were there, as well as hundreds of lawyers, corporate privacy officers and advocates from around the globe. There were plenary sessions and panels on every possible privacy issue but at the center of much of the…

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Human Rights and Reframing Three Strikes: Access to the Internet = Access to information

Late Thursday evening, European lawmakers agreed on language in the Telecoms Package that is supposed to safeguard the fundamental rights to freedom of expression and access to information online as governments seek harsher penalties to address IP infringement. France recently approved a graduated response (or “three strikes”) law that would cut off Internet access for repeat copyright…

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Study: State Databases Putting Children’s Personal Info at Risk

An eye-opening new study out of Fordham Law’s Center on Law and Information Privacy finds that state educational databases are lacking when it comes to protecting the personal information of K-12 children. Some states hand off the storage of this information to outside firms and do so without any restrictions on use or confidentiality for the children’s…

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The Key to Health IT’s Success

CDT’s Sheel Pandya, Policy Counsel for the Health Privacy Project wrote a guest blog post on American Constitution Society’s blog discussing a comprehensive privacy and security framework as the key to health IT’s success. The passage of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) in February has helped shine a…

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