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Introducing CDT’s Podcast: Tech Talk, Ep. 1

Tech is all around you and now insights on the tech policies that are shaping your digital world can be added to your podcast playlist. Yes, after numerous requests (I swear!), CDT is launching its own podcast, Tech Talk. Each week, Tech Talk will feature two segments on important, interesting, unique, and sometimes disturbing trends…

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Why the OPM Data Breach is Unlike Any Other

The scope of the recent hack of the Office of Personnel Management, in which the records of millions of current and former federal employees were breached, is exponentially greater than the many other recent headline-generating breaches in the private sector. This breach not only impacts government employees but countless of their partners, associates, and confidantes, and the stolen information includes some of the most intimate personal details about the individuals affected. It also raises real questions about the government’s ability to safeguard the data in its possession.

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CDT Withdraws from the NTIA Facial Recognition Process

CDT and several other consumer advocacy organizations have participated in the National Telecommunications and Information Administration’s (NTIA) multistakeholder process to design a code of conduct for the use of facial recognition technology. Today, those consumer groups have announced that we are withdrawing from this process because we do not believe that it is likely to lead to sufficient consumer safeguards for facial recognition technology.

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Privacy: An Equal Playing Field for Women and Men

You can’t open the paper these days without being bombarded with the latest dire statistics about the dearth of women and minorities in the tech pipeline. The steady stream of negative stories became a flood earlier this week when Sir Tim Hunt, a biochemist and Nobel Laureate,

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Eggs and Rings: Unsavory Implications of Advertising

Who or what is making the decision to send ads online? Cats, no matter how popular they are, do not actually power the internet. Instead, the online world runs on math; hidden decision trees that construct your online world by determining, through marketing and advertising, the type of products and services you see.

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Privacy and the Digital Student: Paths Forward

This year has seen a flurry of attention around student data privacy: over 180 state student privacy bills have been introduced, and Congress is considering multiple federal student privacy bills. Last week, CDT continued this conversation with a Hill briefing on the topic. The briefing, “Privacy and the Digital Student: Paths Forward,” brought together advocates, industry leaders and Congressional members and staff to discuss the state of student privacy law and policy.

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Update to CDT Privacy Policy

At CDT, we strive to be a model organization when it comes to our online privacy policy. We are updating our privacy policy and welcome comments. Below is the revised policy, which will go into effect 30 days after this post. If you have any feedback or questions about the privacy policy, email us at info@cdt.org.

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Active on Health Privacy

CDT has long been active on issues in health privacy and the past few months have been especially busy. Here’s a quick snapshot of the various projects and outreach we are working on – ranging from wearables to your online porn viewing habits.

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Consumer Privacy Protection Act is Data Breach Legislation We Can Support

Senator Leahy introduced the Consumer Privacy Protection Act; a bill that breaks new ground in data breach legislation by actually going beyond what state laws already provide to offer new protections for consumers. This bill offers a lot for consumers: it includes the strongest data breach security and notification provisions currently being considered by Congress and implements many of the recommendations CDT proposed for ideal data breach legislation. It’s great to have a piece of data breach legislation that we can support.

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