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Government Drops Warrantless Email Search Case, Highlighting Need for Reform

Last week the U.S. government dropped its demand that a federal magistrate force Yahoo! to fork over the contents of a user’s email account without a warrant. Although the government’s withdrawal is a victory for privacy in this case, it denies the court an opportunity to issue an opinion that could clarify this increasingly important, yet muddled, area…

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NTIA Issues Privacy Event Notice

The National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) and the International Trade Administration (ITA), on behalf of the U.S. Department of Commerce, will hold a public meeting on May 7, 2010, to discuss the nexus between privacy policy and innovation in the Internet economy.

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NASA’s Open Government Plan Shoots for The Stars

What makes a good open government plan? Specifics. As I noted in a guest blog post at GovFresh, many open government plans are short  on details outside the sections dealing with their flagship initiatives – those projects slated to be started immediately. Missing from many plans are, well, plans – what agencies will be doing over the…

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CDT and Allies Stand Up for DMCA Safe Harbor

CDT and a number of allies told a federal judge yesterday that Viacom's billion-dollar lawsuit against YouTube reflects a dangerous effort to pare back the crucial safe harbor contained in Section 512 of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA).  Congress enacted Section 512 (codified at 47 USC 512) precisely because it recognized that, in order to stimulate growth of…

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Locating Location on the iPhone

Alissa Cooper wrote last week about some of the groundbreaking new location controls featured in the iPhone’s upcoming OS 4.0. I’ve never been one for technological caution, so I was excited to grab the new firmware to try out these features for myself. The 3.0 version of the iPhone OS included a lot of location-enabled features, but we were…

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CDT on ZDNet: Toeing the Line Between Social Media and Privacy

Adam Rosenberg, our New Media Manager, lives between a rock and a hard place. The rock is, of course, CDT itself: champion of privacy rights. The hard place is the world of social media, where over-sharing is all the rage, to the consequence of the end user. Adam passed on his thoughts on how social media and privacy…

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PrivacyCamp is Coming to a City Near You

In the next 20 days, CDT will be participating in two PrivacyCamp events – one in DC and a second in San Francisco (a third event is also being planned in Toronto for June). PrivacyCamp is an “unconference” – a space to meet with, discuss, debate, and share knowledge about privacy with engineers, privacy advocates, academics….

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iPhone Location from Background to Foreground

From the iPhone’s very first days, legions of avid smartphone users have awaited the day when Apple would announce support for “multitasking” – the ability to keep multiple iPhone applications running at once. In yesterday’s preview of the latest iPhone operating system, Apple answered that call. To support multitasking, Apple introduced several different kinds of “background” functionality that will allow…

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Advisory Committees Going Online

For the first time, the US Information Security and Privacy Advisory Board (ISPAB) is Webcasting one day of our meetings (I'm a member of the Board) today. The meeting will run from 8:30 – 4:30pm.  Topics of wide public interest will include: 9:30am Cloud Computing implementations in government 11:45am White House Office of Science and Technology Policy…

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It’s official: Twitter isn’t Government Paperwork

As part of the 120 day deadlines in the Open Government Directive, OMB just released several sets of guidance for agencies in how they use new tools like social media or wikis. Currently, there's a burdensome process for agencies who want to do something as simple as ask the users of their website whether they are pleased…

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