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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House Patriot Act Bill Draws Broad Support On Account of National Security Letter Fix

A coalition of 20 civil liberties organizations, including the Center for Democracy & Technology, released a letter today endorsing H.R. 3845, the USA Patriot Amendments Act. The bill was introduced by the Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, Rep. John Conyers (D-MI) and Subcommittee Chairs Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) and Rep. Bobby Scott (D-VA)….

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Tips on Setting Up your Child’s First Email Address

Recently, CDT’s Adam Rosenberg authored a guest blog post for’s GeekDad blog, a parenting blog for tech-savvy parents. The post is the first in what will be a series of "how-tos" on raising an Internet savvy child and discusses some of the issues parents confront when setting up a child’s first email address. CDT has…

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Why You Should Care About Net Neutrality

In the wake of the major decision by the FCC to open up serious and substantial discussion on rule making on Internet neutrality, CDT’s Leslie Harris wrote a guest column for ABC News where she answers the simple question: “Why should you care about Net Neutrality?” The article offers informative discussion on the basics around the net neutrality debate…

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But What About the Potential HIPAA Violation?

Last month, we blogged about how Humana (and maybe some other health plans) sent warnings through letters to its Medicare beneficiaries that they could lose their health care benefits and services due to health care reform legislation pending in Congress. In response, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued an order to all health plans serving…

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