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FCC Net Neutrality Proceeding Supports Public Interest

CDT and a large group of public interest advocates today sent a letter to FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski commending him and the Commission for launching a proceeding later this week to closely examine the issue of Internet neutrality. The proceeding is aimed at ensuring that broadband service providers cannot act as gatekeepers over Internet websites and…

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Yahoo!, Iran, and Calamity Journalism

Did Yahoo! turn over user data from 200,000 Yahoo! Iran email accounts to Iranian authorities in exchange for the unblocking of Yahoo.com? Not likely. Last week, Richard Koman over at ZDNet reported this exact allegation; ZDNet quickly retracted the post in full within the day, given the unreliability of the source…

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CDT Urges Repeal of Maine Marketing-to-Minors Law

The Judiciary Committee of the Maine State Legislature held a hearing today to discuss the future of Public Laws 2009, Chapter 230, the Act to Prevent Predatory Marketing Practices Against Minors. Enacted earlier this year, this law intended to target deceptive online marketing by prescription drug companies to minors under the age of 18. The law as drafted, however,…

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Court Rebuffs ASCAP’s Ringtone Grab

A federal court ruled yesterday that mobile phone carriers do not need to pay copyright performance royalties for the ringtones their customers choose to legally download and use. The ruling is a win for consumers and precisely the result that CDT, EFF, and Public Knowledge urged in an amicus brief filed earlier this…

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The Ghost of Patriot Past

It seems like the debate over health care reform has sucked all the oxygen out of the public dialog, as if nothing else were happening here in Washington. Think again. Perhaps one of the most significant "behind the scenes" actions happened late last week when the Obama Administration failed to support significant changes to the Patriot Act…

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Syracuse University Orange to Crush Student Privacy Rights

Recently Syracuse University, my alma mater, took steps to increase campus security by installing a video-surveillance system in all entrances and exits of residence halls and one academic building. This took two years of planning for the 168 new cameras being installed on campus, but it is unclear how the University is ensuring the privacy of students as…

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Surveillance for profit and the incredible shrinking expectation of privacy

Digital signage media – video displays on screens ranging from TV-sized monitors in stores to roadside billboards – is maturing into an offline version of behavioral advertising. What effect will this have on consumers' expectation of privacy in public spaces? Recently, in the UK, a fresh example arose of the growing conflict between these digital signs and privacy…

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Senate Committee Misses Chance to Limit Patriot Act

CDT’s Gregory Nojeim has a guest blog post today on the American Constitution Society’s blog. Nojeim discusses the PATRIOT Act markup from yesterday’s Senate Judiciary Committee hearing and voices his disappointment with the committee’s failure to take action on the issues surrounding National Security Letters (NSL). CDT has been an active voice…

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Proposed Rule Implements the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act

On October 1st, the Office of Civil Rights (OCR) within the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued a Proposed Rule with respect to the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA), a federal law passed in May 2008 that protects individuals against discrimination in health care coverage and employment based on genetic information. Many states already…

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Update in Google Books Lawsuit

Earlier today, Judge Denny Chin approved an aggressive schedule for the parties in the Google Books lawsuit to submit an amended settlement agreement. Michael Boni, speaking for all parties, indicated that the parties have been hard at work since the Department of Justice raised concerns about the original settlement (arrived at after years of negotiation), and that…

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