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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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Privacy Best Practices for Deployment of RFID Technology

Creative applications of radio frequency identification (“RFID”) technologies hold promise for consumers, businesses and government. They suggest possibilities for reducing costs through better inventory management, for improving the safety of the drug supply, for aiding in the care of the elderly and impaired, for reducing error rates in hospitals and for improved tracking of luggage and cargo at airports to improve security and passenger service, among other applications.

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Pennsylvania Web Blocking

On September 9, 2003, the Center for Democracy and Technology (CDT), together with the ACLU of Pennsylvania and Plantagenet, Inc., a Pennsylvania ISP, filed a constitutional challenge to a Pennsylvania statute that blocked access to Internet sites accused of carrying child pornography and that resulted in the blocking of wholly innocent websites. Almost exactly one year later, on September 10, 2004, the court struck down the statute as violating the First Amendment and the Commerce Clause of the U.S. Constitution.

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USA Patriot Act and other Security Issues

Terrorism is testing our nation’s collective resolve to maintain the freedom, openness and diversity that defines and enriches our society. CDT believes that surrendering freedom will not purchase security, that democratic values are strengths not weaknesses, and that open communications networks are a positive force in the fight against violence and intolerance. PATRIOT Re-Authorization CRS, “USA PATRIOT Improvement and Reauthorization…

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Patriot Act Overview

Congress has begun considering whether to renew or amend the PATRIOT Act, 16 provisions of which expire on December 31, 2005 unless reauthorized by Congress. This page is intended to provide the most up-to-date information on the legislative debate.

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