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Domestic Intelligence System Grows without Controls

Without a definitive decision to do so, and without adequate guidelines or limits, government agencies at the federal, state and local level are creating a vast domestic intelligence apparatus. The concerns long posed by domestic spying are magnified by the digital revolution, which makes it easier than ever to collect, store, exchange and retrieve personally identifiable information, making it available far removed from the context in which it was…

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CDT Urges Kentucky Courts to Reverse Course on Gambling Domain Name Seizures

In November, CDT, along with the Electronic Frontier Foundation and the American Civil Liberties Union of Kentucky, filed a "friend of the court" brief with the Kentucky Court of Appeals in support of various petitions seeking to overturn orders by Franklin County Circuit Court Judge Thomas D. Wingate seizing the "domain names" of gambling websites located outside of Kentucky. The Court of Appeals heard argument on December 12, 2008,…

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Privacy Basics: The OECD Guidelines

In late 1980, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development issued a set of Guidelines concerning the privacy of personal records. Although broad, the OECD guidelines set up important standards for future governmental privacy rules. These guidelines underpin most current international agreements, national laws, and self-regulatory policies.

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Fair Information Practices

This formulation of a code of fair information practices is derived from several sources, including codes developed by the Department of Health, Education, and Welfare (1973), Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (1980), and the Council of Europe (1981).

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Privacy Best Practices for Deployment of RFID Technology

Creative applications of radio frequency identification (“RFID”) technologies hold promise for consumers, businesses and government. They suggest possibilities for reducing costs through better inventory management, for improving the safety of the drug supply, for aiding in the care of the elderly and impaired, for reducing error rates in hospitals and for improved tracking of luggage and cargo at airports to improve security and passenger service, among other applications.

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