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Legislation Needed to Correct Widespread Errors in use of National Security Letters

In reports issued in March 2007 and March 2008, the Department of Justice Inspector General (IG) found widespread errors and violations in the FBI’s use of National Security Letters to obtain bank, credit and communications records of U.S. citizens without judicial approval. CDT has called upon Congress to establish checks and balances for such government access to sensitive information. 1) Legislation Needed to Correct Widespread…

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Spyware Enforcement

  By now most computer users have become familiar with the term "spyware," largely because they or someone they know have experienced it first-hand. Computer users are increasingly finding programs on their computers that they did not know were installed and that they cannot uninstall, that create privacy problems and open security holes, that can hurt the performance and stability of their systems and that can lead them to mistakenly…

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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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