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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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Behavioral Advertising Across Multiple Sites

    To understand behavioral advertising across multiple sites (also known as "third-party" behavioral advertising), you must first understand the concept of an online "ad network." You’ve undoubtedly encountered these networks, though you might not know it. Advertisers almost never deliver their own ads online. If you see a car ad, it’s unlikely that the car company’s marketing department put it up on the Internet itself. Instead, advertisers (such as the car…

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Simple Behavioral Advertising

    Sites where you aren’t logged in Imagine that you decide to browse an online book-selling Web site. You don’t intend to buy anything, but you just want to read some book reviews and compare prices with books at your local bookstore. So you fire up your Web browser and take a look at a selection of photography books, cookbooks and travel guides. Days later, when you return to the site,…

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Some Key Behavioral Advertising Terms

You don’t need a degree in advertising jargon to understand how behavioral advertising works. But knowing a few basic terms will help you decipher different companies’ advertising practices: Advertiser – The "advertisers" are the companies whose products or services are being advertised. For example, you may see ads for Netflix; Netflix is the advertiser. Publisher – The publishers are the companies running Web sites where ads appear. Thus, for…

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Online Advertising Overview

If you’ve ever used a search engine, read the news online, or used a social networking site, you’ve surely seen them. If you’ve shopped, played games, or watched videos on the Web, you couldn’t avoid them. Millions upon millions of them get served to Internet users across the globe everyday. We’re talking about ads. From blinking monkeys to simple text, advertisements adorn commercial Web sites of every variety. Online…

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