CDT Issues Privacy Recommendations for PHRs

The Center for Democracy & Technology today released a report recommending privacy and security protections for personal health records (PHRs). CDT believes PHRs should be subject to comprehensive policies comprised of a mix of legal requirements and voluntary best practices. CDT’s recommendations – summarized below – are designed to preserve public trust in PHRs and enable the…

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Sticking Up for the DMCA Safe Harbor, Again

Last month, YouTube prevailed in the blockbuster copyright lawsuit filed against it by Viacom.  The court agreed, as we had argued in a brief that we filed with a number of allies, that Viacom's crimped reading of the DMCA section 512 "safe harbor" was inconsistent with the statute and with the intent of Congress. …

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Congress Surveys Consumer Privacy Landscape

Privacy is a building block of trust in this digital age; and yes, there's an "app" for that.  It's called a federal baseline consumer privacy bill, it just hasn't passed… yet.   CDT President Leslie Harris testified yesterday at a hearing of the House Subcommittee on Commerce, Trade, and Consumer Protection examining two current privacy bills;…

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What if You Had a National Strategy and Nobody Cared?

Earlier this month, the White House released its draft National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace (NSTIC). This week, CDT submitted comments as part of the public comment process on the National Strategy. CDT has written about the National Strategy before.  We welcome the National Strategy to the conversation because it has the ability…

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CDT Announces Four New Board Members

CDT Completes Transition to New Board with Election of Four New Members WASHINGTON – The Center for Democracy & Technology today is pleased to announce four new board members:  Bill Bernstein, member of the law firm Manatt, Phelps & Phillips; Pamela Jones Harbour, former FTC Commissioner; Doug Lowenstein, President and CEO of the Private Equity Council; and Jimmy…

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Crawford on the Status of DNS

One of the main sticking points in the FCC debate over reclassifying Internet service is likely to be whether DNS service makes carriers’ entire offering into a unified information service instead of a telecommunications service, as the FCC found in 2002.  Our comments argue that it should not, because of an exception for the “management, control,…

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Round Two for ‘Title II Lite’

Yesterday, we filed yet another set of comments with the FCC, this time as it reconsiders its legal authority over broadband service. As we've said before, we fully support the Commission's proposal to reclassify broadband Internet access as a telecommunications service (with forbearance from the lion's share of telecom rules). This is clearly how people…

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‘Trusted Identities’ Plan Needs More Public Feedback

We've been working to put together comments on the government's National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace (NSTIC) plan, as I mentioned earlier this month. The initial NSTIC plan has been criticized as vague and short on details – and the comment period is ending on Monday. Although work on NSTIC started on June…

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HHS Releases Rules for Electronic Health Records

The health IT and privacy communities have their heads buried in text! Three branches of the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services (HHS) have released more than a thousand pages of rules on health IT in less than a week. HHS released two rules on Tuesday. The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC)

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