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CRS Report Explains “Amendment Exchange” Process

Index number: R41003 Title: Amendments Between the Houses: Procedural Options and Effects Date: January 04, 2010 As Congress hunkers down to try and resolve differences between the House and Senate versions of the Health Care Reform bill, the usual process calls for a "conference committee" to be established.  But there is another, less used and less-well-known process known…

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NAI releases 2009 Online Advertising Compliance Report

On the next-to-last day of 2009, during that mind-numbing parade of top-ten countdowns, the Network Advertising Initiative (NAI) released its 2009 compliance report on online advertising practices. The NAI is an important consortium of thirty-eight online marketing and analytics companies, and its report evaluated the extent to which members were following the group’s 2008 “Self-Regulatory Code…

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Privacy by Design

Earlier this week, CDT submitted comments to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) calling for the Commission to encourage business practices that are consistent with Privacy by Design, a concept prominently championed by Ontario’s Information and Privacy Commissioner Anne Cavoukian. We submitted the comments in advance of the FTC’s second “Exploring Privacy” roundtable, to…

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CRS Report: Primer on Federal Wiretapping Law

CRS Report of the Month # 98-326 The Congressional Research Service (CRS) has a new report entitled Privacy: An Overview of Federal Statutes Governing Wiretapping and Electronic Eavesdropping.  It is a great primer for those interested in the issue.  You can get this and many other CRS reports via Open CRS, a service…

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REAL ID is Punted Again

DHS pushed back the December 31 deadline for REAL ID compliance until May 11, 2011  providing (at least in theory) the 46 states that have not yet improved driver's license standard more time to do so.  WIth PASS ID — the bill that would make REAL ID easier to comply with and add privacy…

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White House Appoints Howard Schmidt ‘Cybersecurity Czar’

The Center for Democracy & Technology welcomes today's Presidential appointment of Howard Schmidt to be the White House’s first Cybersecurity chief.   CDT believes he brings the needed expertise to a critical new position. In May President Obama declared the nation's digital infrastructure a strategic national asset and pledged that his Administration would make protecting these networks a national…

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Filtering Down Under

Australian officials announced this week that plans for a mandatory Internet filter will go forward.  Broadband, Communications, and Digital Economy Minister Stephen Conroy heralded the results of recent live testing, and will introduce legislation in August that will force ISPs to block access to websites around the world that are deemed to contain content that is illegal…

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Newly-Released Documents Show Flaws in Domestic Intelligence Collection and Oversight

Last Wednesday several U.S. intelligence agencies released previously classified documents in response to FOIA litigation from EFF & ACLU. Among these was a document reporting that the Department of Homeland Security had improperly investigated the Nation of Islam in 2007. DHS retracted the intelligence report on the black Muslim group hours after its…

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Italy’s Case Against Google is a Bad Moon Rising

Leslie Harris has another guest blog post on Huffington Post discussing the four Google executives currently standing trial in Italy on charges of criminal defamation and privacy violations associated with a video posted by a user on Google video. She discusses the slippery slope that can be caused by holding all ISPs and content platforms responsible for all the…

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Ohio Court Extends 4th Amendment Protections To Cell Phones Seized in Arrests

A deeply divided  Ohio Supreme Court has ruled that cell phones contain such sensitive information that law enforcement cannot automatically examine their contents when the cell phone is seized from a person being arrested.  Instead, the court ruled 4-3 that the Fourth Amendment requires that the police first obtain a warrant based on probable cause before they look at…

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