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Chapter Four: Current Issues

The Internet has changed the quantity and quality of data available about individuals' lives, but in many ways business practices and laws have not progressed to protect privacy. Some companies, enlightened by survey upon survey documenting consumers' privacy concerns, have improved their practices and a few support enactment of federal legislation. The Federal Trade Commission has taken some important steps to protect privacy….

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Chapter Three: Existing Privacy Protections

Chapter Three: Existing Privacy Protections Providing seamless privacy protection for data as it flows through the global Internet requires a careful reconsideration of the business community's interest in promoting commerce, the government's interests in fostering economic growth and protecting its citizens, and the interest of individuals in protecting themselves from intrusive overreach by government and the private sector. Protecting privacy in teh digital age will require the use of all…

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Chapter Two: Privacy Basics

What Is Privacy? Privacy is one of the most basic human rights. Without privacy, freedom of expression is chilled and dissent becomes risky. A sense of being watched is deeply corrosive of democracy and human development. Privacy is also one of the building blocks of trust in the security and confidentiality of communications and sensitive data – a…

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Chapter One: Getting Started

The Internet and Privacy   Almost a century ago, Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis defined privacy as "the right to be let alone," which he said was one of the rights most cherished by Americans. In the Information Age, personal information has become a highly valued commodity that is captured and compiled, bought and sold in ways never…

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Statement Of The Center For Democracy & Technology Before The Senate Government Affairs Committee

Summary E-government proponents have long believed that new technologies in general and the Internet in particular can be used to enhance the way we are governed and the way in which we interact with government. It has been argued that the Internet will be able to reinvigorate the stagnating institutions of our democracy by ushering in a new era of citizen involvement, government transparency and administrative efficiency. The Center for…

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The Impact of Federal Stimulus Efforts on the Privacy and Security of Health Information in California, California HealthCare Foundation Issue Brief

Health privacy laws govern the use and disclosure of an individual patient’s medical information. In California, health privacy involves a complex interplay between federal requirements (chiefly, regulations enacted under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 ). HIPAA regulations set the baseline for medical information protection, with specific  California laws expanding patient protection where they provide more…

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Testimony of David Sohn : H.R. 2221

Testimony of David Sohn before the Subcommittee on Commerce, Trade, and Consumer Protection, U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Energy and Commerce on “H.R. 2221, the Data Accountability and Trust Act and H.R. 1319, the Informed P2P User. 

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