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Online Behavioral Advertising: Industry’s Current Self-Regulatory Framework Is Necessary, But Still Insufficient On Its Own To Protect Consumers

1)    CDT Releases Online Behavioral Advertising Report 2)    Scope of Regulatory Frameworks 3)    CDT Recommendations for Improving Consumer Privacy Protections 1)    CDT Releases Online Behavioral Advertising Report CDT released a report in December 2009 analyzing the current behavioral advertising frameworks of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), Network Advertising Initiative (NAI), Interactive Advertising…

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Online Behavioral Advertising: Industry’s Current Self-regulatory Framework is Necessary, But Still Insufficient On Its Own to Protect Consumers

This report analyzes the current behavioral advertising frameworks of the Federal Trade Commission, Network Advertising Initiative, Interactive Advertising Bureau and Privacy Group Coalition (none of which have been comprehensively implemented as of this paperʼs release) and provides CDTʼs recommendations for protecting consumers in this space.

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CDT Comments to NIST on the “Smart Grid”

The Smart Grid promises great benefits to consumers and the environment. At the same time, it presents new risks to privacy in its enhanced collection and use of highly granular consumption data, which can reveal intimate details about activities within the home. The entrance of new entities and technologies delivering energy services, the speed at which this new infrastructure…

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Ghosts in Our Machines: Background and Policy Proposals on the “Spyware” Problem

Over the last several years, a loosely defined collection of computer software known as “spyware” has become the subject of growing public alarm. 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…

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Privacy Recommendations for the Google Book Search Settlement

The settlement of the copyright infringement lawsuit against Google for its Book Search tool will, if approved, dramatically alter the way the public obtains and interacts with books. With its new offerings, Google will considerably increase public access to millions of books containing much of the world’s written knowledge and ideas. Moreover, Google’s powerful book search engine will transform…

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CDT Amicus Brief in Google Books Settlement

The Center for Democracy & Technology (CDT) respectfully submits this brief amicus curiae to support final approval of the Proposed Settlement, and to urge this Court to protect the public’s right to reader privacy in conjunction with the approval.  CDT believes that the Settlement will have a positive impact on public access to information in our society, and that…

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Looking Back at P3P: Lessons for the Future

A number of people who work on data protection have begun examining the idea of machine-readable statements that can express the privacy practices of a Web site or a third-party intermediary, such as a network advertiser or an analytics company. The theory is that such statements would provide a clear, standardized means of rendering potentially complex privacy policies into…

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Myths and Facts about HIPAA, Part 1

These Myths and Facts documents answer common myths about HIPAA and health privacy. These facts correct long-standing myths about the right to privacy, patient consent and rights, enforcement of HIPAA provisions, Internet- based health services, the interaction between HIPAA and state laws, information disclosures, marketing, and de-identified data.

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