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Government Information, Data.gov and Privacy Implications

1) Government Information, Data.gov and Privacy Implications 2) De-identification ad Re-Identification of Data Sets 3) Key Principles for De-Identification and Use of Data Sets 1) Government Information, Data.gov and Privacy Implications One of the first projects adopted under the Obama administration’s push for transparency was the Data.gov Web site, currently adding data sets by the hundreds of thousands. Data.gov will gather, bundle, and make publicly…

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CDT files brief urging privacy safeguards for Google Books

CDT has filed an amicus brief in the Google Books copyright lawsuit, asking for the judge to approve the proposed settlement in the case, but also to ensure that reader privacy is protected as Google implements the expanded services envisioned in the settlement. The settlement would dramatically transform Google Books from an index and finding aid into a resource for users to browse, preview, and purchase full-text access…

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Patriot Act Sunsets Should Prompt Re-Consideration of Anti-Terror Powers; Adjustments Needed To Protect Civil Liberties

1) Patriot Sunsets Should Prompt Broad Examination of Intelligence Authorities, with a Focus on Documented Abuses 2) Most Expiring Provisions Should Be Amended and Reauthorized 3) Reform Should Start with Powers That Have Been Abused: National Security Letters 4) What’s Next in Congress for the Patriot Act? 1) Patriot Sunsets Should Prompt Broad Examination of Intelligence Authorities, with a Focus on Documented…

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PASS ID Act Addresses Major Privacy Concerns in REAL ID

In recent years, the federal government has launched a variety of ID card programs, with the goal of making government-issued cards more reliable as identity credentials and to plug the security gaps identified by the 9/11 Commission. Alongside these initiatives, states have been redesigning their driver’s license systems to incorporate advanced technology features. 1) Government ID Card Programs Raise Privacy Concerns 2) REAL ID and Enhanced Driver’s…

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Personal Health Records Need a Comprehensive and Consistent Privacy and Security Framework

Personal health records (PHRs) – records that are managed, controlled, and shared by individuals rather than their healthcare providers-hold the potential to transform healthcare by empowering consumers and patients to become key, informed decision-makers in their own care. These records increase individual control over personal data and permit individuals to record, store, and share relevant health information, including data that may be missing from official medical records, such as…

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Updating the Privacy Act of 1974

The Privacy Act of 1974 passed as the result of a government-wide push toward the development of policies and practices to protect the information of citizens and other individuals. While the underlying framework of the law, rooted in the principles of Fair Information Practices (FIPs), is still sound, the thirty-five year-old wording of the Act renders it ill-equipped to meet many of the privacy challenges posed by…

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White House Sets Framework for Cybersecurity; Builds in Privacy

A cybersecurity report issued today by the national security and homeland security advisors to President Obama lays a useful foundation for cybersecurity policy in the coming years. The White House report, the product of a 60-day review of cybersecurity policy government-wide, is more than a generalized statement of principles and goals, but lacks the specifics of a full blueprint. The report mentions at…

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Using Analytics in a Privacy-Protective Way on Government Web Sites: CDT Recommendations

President Obama’s pledge to make the government more transparent, accountable and participatory is already generating increased interest from both the commercial and government sectors in capitalizing on all the Internet has to offer. Federal agency Web sites will have a key role to play in this endeavor. Since the E-Government Act established a mandate to move government services online in 2002, many agencies have accelerated their Web development and…

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