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Spyware Enforcement – Federal

Return to the complete report. Federal Spyware Case Summary   Case Behaviors considered illegal by the Department of Justice Laws invoked Status United States v. Jerome T. Heckenkamp   More information   Prosecutors alleged: • Installing on another user's computer an unauthorized computer program that was designed to intercept electronic communications containing usernames and passwords.   Defendant pled guilty to: • Engaging…

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CDT Joins Briefs Urging Courts to Properly Apply Section 230 of the CDA

On March 28, the Center for Democracy & Technology filed a friend-of-the-court brief in the Sixth Circuit case Doe v. SexSearch.com, arguing that §230 of the Communications Decency Act immunizes the website from being liable for an under-age user having lied about her age. This is the fourth amicus brief CDT has filed in favor of a broad reading of the 1996 law in recent months. CDT…

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Testimony of Ari Schwartz [pdf]

Testimony of Ari Schwartz before the House Committee on Oversight and Government Affairs Subcommittee on Information Policy, Census, and National Archives on The Use of Commercial Information Resellers by Federal Agencies

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Congress Trying to Reconcile Competing Surveillance Bills

The Senate and the House of Representatives have passed substantially different versions of legislation to amend the 1978 Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA). House and Senate negotiators have been meeting in an effort to craft a compromise acceptable to both chambers. An agreement may be reached as soon as next week. 1) Congress Trying to Reconcile Competing Surveillance Bills 2)…

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E-Government Re-authorization Act

For five years, the E-Government Act has promoted improvements in the federal government’s use of information technology. The Act has improved the public’s access to government information resources as well as creating protections for personal information. The 2002 Act expired in 2007, and a 2007 E-Government Reauthorization Act (S. 2321) passed out of the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee and should be sent to the Senate floor…

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Congressional Child Safety Bills Present Serious Constitutional Risks, and Some Opportunities for Effective Action

The current Congressional session has seen the introduction of an unprecedented number of bills intended to promote online child safety or regulation online content. In past Congresses, there have only been a handful of serious proposals to regulate speech. This year, in marked contrast, more than thirty different bills, addressing the broad topic of child safety in new and online media, have been introduced. 1) CDT is Monitoring…

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Testimony of Alan Davidson before the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation on “Consumer Privacy and Government Technology Mandates in the Digital Media Marketplace.”

Consumer Privacy and Government Technology Mandates in the Digital Media Marketplace Prepared Statement of Alan B. Davidson Associate Director, Center for Democracy & Technology before the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation September 17, 2003 Mr. Chairman and members of the Committee, the Center for Democracy & Technology (CDT) is pleased to have this opportunity to speak to you about the difficult questions surrounding the expedited subpoena provision of the…

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Testimony of Deirdre Mulligan before the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation Subcommittee on Communications

I. Introduction Good morning, I am Deirdre Mulligan, Staff Counsel at the Center for Democracy and Technology. The Center is pleased to participate in this hearing, at the request of the Subcommittee, on the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (S. 2326) and the broader issue of protecting individual privacy in the online environment. CDT is a non-profit, public interest organization dedicated to developing and implementing public policies to protect…

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