Brief Says Don’t Treat RAM as “Stored Information”

CDT joined EFF and Public Knowledge in a legal brief yesterday arguing that data that is fleetingly held in RAM shouldn’t be subject to discovery, the process by which parties to litigation can demand access to records and documents. Sound arcane? Maybe. But the principle is actually pretty simple. Litigants have to share relevant records with each…

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Neither a Retreat Nor an Imprimatur

The online advertising industry took a collective deep breath Thursday as the Federal Trade Commission issued its much-anticipated report outlining self-regulatory guidelines for the online behavioral advertising. Although behavioral ad networks already follow their own voluntary guidelines in the Network Advertising Initiative (which was updated just two months ago), we think it’s pretty clear from…

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Show Us the Data!

Today, CDT and launched Show Us The Data: Most Wanted Federal Government Documents, a website created with lots of help from our friends at Sunlight Labs. CDT and are setting out to identify the ten most wanted government documents, reports or data sets that should be on the Web – but are missing because…

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CRS Reports ‘Set Free’ by Wikileaks

Over the weekend released thousands of Congressional Research Reports that have not been on the Internet in the past. It also seems that Wikileaks now has found a source to get all new and updated reports. For years CDT has run the Open CRS project as a way to provide access to CRS reports. OpenCRS has…

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Ads With Eyes

Digital advertising displays with the ability to collect information about consumers are proliferating in stores, airports and public places. It is time for the companies involved to pay attention to privacy. The digital signage industry is aggressively pushing for ways to track consumers. By using facial recognition cameras and other devices, the industry seeks…

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Dead and Gone, Again

Presidents come and go but attempts at Internet censorship just never die, until now… or until next time. The Supreme Court late last month drove a wooden stake into the heart of a ten-year-old court battle over an Internet censorship law called the “Children’s Online Protection Act” or COPA. The bill was unconstitutional before the ink signing it…

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Measurement Lab Provides Open Platform for Network Testing

The Measurement Lab, a collaborative project launched on Wednesday by the New America Foundation, the PlanetLab Consortium, and Google, will provide researchers with an open platform to host network diagnostic tools that, for example, enable users to determine the speed of their connections, detect traffic discrimination or prioritization, or troubleshoot connectivity problems. The idea is that…

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A ‘Diavlog’ on ‘The Plot to Kill Google’

CDT Vice President Ari Schwartz and Wired magazine writer Nick Johnson discuss Johnson’s latest article, "The Plot to Kill Google," in a "diavlog" on Below is a clip from that discussion in which Schwartz and Johnson talk about the culture of privacy–or the lack thereof–inside Google itself. To view the entire discussion, go…

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It’s Official: Data Privacy Day

Data Privacy Day is Official – Last night the US House unanimously passed a resolution declaring tomorrow, January 28, officially Data Privacy Day. CDT staff will be speaking at many events this week in honor of data privacy day, so keep an eye on our events calendar.Data Privacy Day is Official – Last night…

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