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An Unfortunate (and I hope temporary) Change of Heart …

The year was 1995 and the biggest threat to Internet free speech was a bill called the “Communications Decency Act.” If passed, the bill threatened to criminalize all manner of constitutionally protected speech under the guise of keeping “indecent” material from being viewed by children. Momentum for passage of the bill was enormous. The bill passed…

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CFP2008 in New Haven

CFP2008 in New Haven I was fortunate to serve on the Program Committee for the 18th Computers, Freedom and Privacy Conference in New Haven, CT. It was Chaired by EFF’s Eddan Katz who put on a smaller, but very engaging conference. One of the best programs in my memory actually. I arrived too late for a tutorial on voting…

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Spammers Get Slammed… Again

What do you do when a couple of spammers send almost a million deceptive and spammy emails to your users? You sue them! Under the CAN-SPAM Act, MySpace asked for – and was granted – a massive $230 million in damages from the spammers that were taking advantage of the site’s users and breaking the site’s terms of…

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Charter-ing a New Course in Behavioral Targeting

This week broadband provider Charter Communications revealed its plans to begin sharing its customers’ Web traffic with NebuAd, an advertising network. NebuAd’s service works by monitoring individuals’ online activities and creating profiles of those individuals’ interests. NebuAd then uses the profiles to serve targeted advertisements on the Web. Charter, with over 5…

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Yahoo! Human Rights Program

Earlier this month Yahoo! launched a new Business & Human Rights Program, intended to formalize its commitment to human rights, starting with full-fledged support at the highest levels of the company. The program also aims to build a culture within the company to identify and manage human rights risk associated with delivery of its services…

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DHS Can’t Admit Its Own Mistakes

Back in April, I blogged about how Department of Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff was “dead wrong” when he testified before the Senate that personal information can’t be “skimmed” from an unencrypted barcode, which all driver’s licenses will have under the REAL ID program. Chertoff completely denied that there are any privacy risks associated with the REAL ID…

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Location, Location, Location

Earlier this week, I had the pleasure of participating on a panel about location-based services at the FTC’s town hall meeting, Beyond Voice: Mapping the Mobile Marketplace. Now that the number of U.S. consumers who own a mobile device has outpaced the number of U.S. Internet users, the policy issues in the mobile space are taking on increased…

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No-go on GOFA

Today, CDT posted an updated memorandum on the most recent version of the Global Online Freedom Act (“GOFA“). GOFA was first introduced by Rep. Christopher Smith (R-NJ) several years ago in response to troubling reports of company complicity in Internet censorship and cooperation in prosecutions of dissidents who posted political material online….

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