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Recommended Principles for Updating Privacy Laws

Federal privacy laws have historically been successful in helping to protect personal information in the hands of federal government. However, inconsistent implementation and failure to update these laws with current technology have widened gaps in the law. CDT urges legislation to bring privacy laws up to date in order to minimize threats to privacy. (1) Legislation Needed to Bring Privacy Laws Up to Date (2) Shortcomings…

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Privacy and Security Principles for Health Information Technology

CDT believes there is a need to adopt a comprehensive privacy and security framework for protection of health data as information technology is increasingly used to support exchange of medical records and other health information. CDT believes that privacy and security protections will build public trust, which is crucial if the benefits of health information technology (health IT) are to be realized. (1) CDT Calls for the Adoption…

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Testimony of Deven McGraw

Testimony of Deven McGraw before the House Energy and Commerce Committee on the Discussion Draft of Health Information Technology and Privacy Legislation .

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Privacy Principles for Digital Watermarking

CDT released a paper this week offering a set of principles for addressing potential privacy considerations when deploying digital watermarking technology. As explained in greater detail below, digital watermarking technology embeds information, in machine-readable form, within the content of a digital media file (for example, a movie, song, or photograph). (1) CDT Offers Privacy Principles for Digital Watermarking (2) Basics of Digital Watermarking Technology…

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Principles for Network Management, Limited Role For FCC

For several years now, the issue of Internet neutrality has been the subject of prominent and strident debate in telecom and Internet policy circles. In general terms, the issue concerns whether operators of broadband networks should be free to favor some traffic over others, or instead should be required to handle traffic in an essentially neutral manner. Since late 2007, the debate has focused in particular on what techniques…

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Treasury Proposes Forcing Credit Card Companies to Act as IRS Agents

In an effort to track down unreported small business income, the U.S. Treasury is calling on Congress to create a sweeping new program that would require all credit card companies to report the income of all merchants to the Internal Revenue Service. (1) Treasury Proposes Forcing Credit Card Companies to Act as IRS Agents (2) Treasury Proposal Mirrors Problems with Other Data Collection and Data Retention Schemes (3) Request…

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