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Policy Framework for Protecting the Privacy and Security of Electronic Health Information

CDT released the Policy Framework for Protecting the Privacy and Security of Electronic Health Information calling for the adoption of a comprehensive privacy and security framework for protection of health data as information technology is increasingly used to support exchange of medical records and other health information. Privacy and security protections will build public trust, which is crucial if the benefits of health IT are to be realized.

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Summary of Health Privacy Provisions in the 2009 Economic Stimulus Legislation.

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA, sometimes referred to as "the stimulus") included provisions making significant improvement in the privacy and security standards for health information. The provisions on privacy and security (generally in ARRA’s Title XIII, Subtitle D and some parts of Subtitle A) can be grouped into four broad categories: Substantive changes to the HIPAA statue and privacy and security regulations …

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Refocusing the FTC’s Role in Privacy Protection: CDT Comments

The Center for Democracy & Technology (CDT) welcomes the opportunity to submit comments for the FTCʼs first in a series of public roundtable discussions exploring the privacy challenges posed by 21st-century technology and business practices that involve the collection and use of consumer data. CDT views these roundtable sessions as a historic opportunity for the FTC to develop and announce a comprehensive privacy protection policy for the next decade.

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Refocusing the FTC’s Role in Privacy Protection

1) 1) CDT Submits Comments in regards to the FTC Consumer Privacy Roundtable 2) The Significance of a Comprehensive Set of Fair Information Practice Principles 3) Examining FIPs at Work: Recent FTC Enforcement Actions Demonstrate a Path Forward 4) CDT Recommendations for Future FTC Action 1) CDT Submits Comments in regards to the FTC Consumer Privacy Roundtable CDT has submitted comments for the FTC’s…

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CDT Discusses Key Policies Issues Surrounding User-Centric Identity Management

1) User-Centric Digital Identity 2) Government Pilots of Federated, User-Centric Identity 3) Key Policy Questions for User-Centric Identity Systems 1) User-Centric Digital Identity In the digital context, identity is simply a claim or set of claims about the user, similar to the physical claim of a driver’s license (“this person is allowed to drive according to this state”) or a library card (“this person is allowed…

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Testimony of Deven McGraw before the NCVHS

Testimony of Deven McGraw, Director, Health Privacy Project Center for Democracy & Technology Before the National Committee on Vital and Health Statistics Subcommittee on Privacy, Confidentiality & Security Hearing on Personal Health Records

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Issues for Responsible User-centric Identity

Read our Policy Post on User-Centric Identity In light of the announcement of a series of federal pilots for federated identity providers, we have analyzed the governance and policy issues around creating a user-centric identity management system. Key questions must be answered in the process of creating an effective framework that can foster trusted relationships online. CDT believes that user-centric federated identity has great promise to make online interactions…

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More Issues

    If you’re interested in learning more about the policy debate surrounding behavioral advertising and privacy, check out there resources: Policy Post 14.12: A Primer on Behavioral Advertising July 31, 2008 A policy post on the practice of online behavioral advertising, involving the compilation of detailed information about an Internet user’s online activities. That data, when collected, can be turned into…

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Controlling Your Data

    As we described in the Simple Behavioral Advertising section, most Web sites use cookies to track users on their sites. If you would rather not be tracked this way, you have a few options. You can: Block cookies from first-party sites that are tracking you Occasionally delete cookies from first-party sites that are tracking you   Blocking cookies from a particular site prevents that…

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Privacy Impact

    Data, data, data Any time companies collect data about individuals, it makes sense to question what the impact on privacy might be. Behavioral advertising involves the compilation of detailed information about your online activities. As the advertising industry undergoes a wave of consolidation, ad networks are getting bigger and broader, with the ability to collect data about you on all kinds of Web sites and from all sorts of services….

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