A House committee has revived data security legislation that has languished for the last several years. The legislation could provide some useful safeguards for the privacy and security of consumer data, but the incremental nature of the potential gains highlights the need for general baseline privacy legislation. Key members of the same committee have expressed their intention to work…
Statement of Leslie Harris before the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, Subcommittee on Communications, Technology and the Internet: "The Privacy of Deep Packet Inspection"
The economic stimulus bill signed by President Obama on February 17 included provisions making significant improvements in federal health privacy law. The changes are complicated and incremental. They build on existing privacy and security rules issued under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). The new protections do not constitute the comprehensive framework that CDT has recommended, but…
Telecommuting, a practice increasingly favored by employers and workers alike, has a great deal to recommend it, but it also raises serious new privacy and security threats that must be addressed in order to prevent this generally beneficial practice from leading to serious privacy and security failures. CDT joined Ernst & Young to survey employers about telecommuting and to…
In recent years and at an accelerating pace, technology and market forces have been fundamentally changing the advertising industry through the collection, storage and use of information. One growing industry, "behavioral advertising," involves the compilation of detailed information about an Internet userâ€™s online activities. Data about how consumers interact with certain sites–which articles they read, which advertisements they click…
Testimony of Alissa Cooper before the House Committee on Energy and Commerce on "What Your Broadband Provider Knows About Your Web Use: Deep Packet Inspection and Communications Laws and Policies"
Testimony of Leslie Harris before the Senate Commerce, Science & Transportation Committee on the "Privacy Implications of Online Advertising"
Testimony of David Sohn before the House Committee on Small Business on “Electronic Payments Tax Reporting: Another Tax Burden for Small Businesses”
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…
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Federal Spyware Case Summary
Behaviors considered illegal by the Department of Justice
Jerome T. Heckenkamp
â€¢ Installing on another user's computer an unauthorized computer program that was designed to intercept…