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Civil Agencies Want More Consumer Data — Will They Keep Privacy in Mind?

It’s not surprising that civil agencies, including transportation commissions, health departments, and housing authorities, may want access to the data that service providers collect on behalf of their users. But balancing the needs of government agencies and the privacy of individuals will be vital in order to ensure that any use of such data doesn’t infringe upon individual rights.

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VIDEO: Harley Geiger at CSM panel – “Cybersecurity legislation shouldn’t create giant backdoor wiretap”

Recently, Harley Geiger – our Advocacy Director & Senior Counsel – spoke on a panel discussion hosted by the Christian Science Monitor’s (CSM) digital privacy and security site, Passcode, and the Center for National Policy. Click through for a video clip of his comments on information sharing, data breaches, cybersecurity, and more.

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CDT Launching Common Ground Data Breach Forum

CDT and law firm Jones Day brought together key industry, government and non-profit leaders at a reception on the hot issue of data breach policies and legislation. At the event, we announced the launch of our new multi-stakeholder effort dedicated to identifying innovative solutions to major data breach questions, the Common Ground Data Breach Forum.

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FTC Says Privacy Still Matters on “Internet of Things”

The Federal Trade Commission released its report, “Internet of Things: Privacy & Security in a Connected World” on Tuesday. The report summarizes the Commission’s November 2013 workshop and includes recommendations for how companies can design connected devices that both enhance consumers’ lives and protect their privacy. The Internet of Things (“IoT”) is changing our everyday lives and potentially for the better, provided that individual rights vis-a-vis these new technologies are secured.

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Always On: Taking the Privacy Pulse of Today’s Digital Patient

To examine a multitude of health privacy questions, we held the 4th iteration of our “Always On” series, this time bringing together leading experts in government, academia, advocacy, and industry to explore the regulatory and social challenges we face as digital patients. Michelle details the conversations that were held, the questions that were posed, and the solutions that were considered, plus more.

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Everybody Dies: What is Your Digital Legacy?

What happens to your email when you die? For most people this hopefully isn’t an urgent question, but a few high profile cases have made it an issue for lawmakers and judges around the world. You might think that your family could show up with a death certificate and/or a court order and get access to your digital content, but it’s not that straightforward –– Ali explains.

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Digital India’s Impact on Privacy: Aadhaar numbers, biometrics, and more

Much of the discussion at the recent India-U.S. Information and Communications Technologies Working Group focused on the Indian government’s “Digital India” initiative to promote universal connectivity, with the goal of providing every citizen with broadband connection by December 2016. As part of a “cradle-to-grave digital identity” for its citizens, the government plans to draw on the Aadhaar program, a controversial unique identification system that has led the Indian government to create the world’s largest biometric database. Lisa discusses its privacy concerns and more.

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White House Data Breach Legislation Must be Augmented to Improve Consumer Protection

As we’ve observed for years, federal data breach legislation has been frequently suggested following high profile data breaches, but has yet to make significant traction in Congress. In fact, the President called for data security legislation as recently as October 2014, to no avail. This time, the White House has released its own legislative language (based on its 2011 cybersecurity proposal) — the Personal Data Notification & Protection Act.

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Responses to Charlie Hebdo Attack: Governments Should Protect, Not Limit, Free Expression

The horrific terrorist attack at the Charlie Hebdo offices in Paris has shaken the European continent profoundly. The tragedy lays bare controversial and divisive questions regarding free expression and efforts to prevent terrorism and violence motivated by political and religious extremism. European leaders have been quick to announce heightened security responses. However, caution is needed to ensure that any new security measures are proportionate, that they strengthen and advance the free expression rights of all, and that they avoid creating a chilling effect from surveillance.

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