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Cybersecurity Program Should Be More Transparent, Protect Privacy

On February 9, President Obama ordered his National Security and Homeland Security Advisors to review the federal government’s cybersecurity plan, programs and activities. The 60-day review will culminate in recommendations as to how the new Administration should protect government networks from attack and help the private sector protect key networks, including financial and communications networks. On March 19, CDT provided the White House review team with recommendations on protecting…

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Improvements and Challenges in Health Privacy Law

The economic stimulus bill signed by President Obama on February 17 included provisions making significant improvements in federal health privacy law. The changes are complicated and incremental. They build on existing privacy and security rules issued under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). The new protections do not constitute the comprehensive framework that CDT has recommended, but they take positive steps in that direction. CDT will be…

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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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