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Refocusing the FTC’s Role in Privacy Protection: CDT Comments

The Center for Democracy & Technology (CDT) welcomes the opportunity to submit comments for the FTCʼs first in a series of public roundtable discussions exploring the privacy challenges posed by 21st-century technology and business practices that involve the collection and use of consumer data. CDT views these roundtable sessions as a historic opportunity for the FTC to develop and…

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Refocusing the FTC’s Role in Privacy Protection

1) 1) CDT Submits Comments in regards to the FTC Consumer Privacy Roundtable 2) The Significance of a Comprehensive Set of Fair Information Practice Principles 3) Examining FIPs at Work: Recent FTC Enforcement Actions Demonstrate a Path Forward 4) CDT Recommendations for Future FTC Action 1) CDT Submits Comments in regards to the…

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Issues for Responsible User-centric Identity

Read our Policy Post on User-Centric Identity In light of the announcement of a series of federal pilots for federated identity providers, we have analyzed the governance and policy issues around creating a user-centric identity management system. Key questions must be answered in the process of creating an effective framework that can foster trusted relationships online. CDT believes that…

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CDT’s Guide to Behavioral Advertising

    You may not know that it’s happening, but every day on many of the Internet’s most popular Web sites, advertisers are collecting data about what you do – what you search for, the purchases you make, and the information you post. They collect this data to create a profile of your interests and use the profile later to serve…

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Use of Web Measurement Tools on Government Web Sites

The Internet is an ideal medium for citizen engagement in government, and Federal agency Web sites will have a key role to play in making government more transparent, accountable and participatory. To succeed, the operation and improvement of Federal agency Web sites must be done through the lens of protecting citizen privacy.

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The Dawn of the Location Enabled Web

1) Location Privacy The ubiquity of increasingly high-powered mobile devices has already spawned the Internet’s first generation of location-based services and applications. As the accuracy of location data improves and the expense of calculating and obtaining it declines, location may well come to pervade the online experience. While the increasing availability of location information paves the way for exciting new…

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CDT files brief urging privacy safeguards for Google Books

CDT has filed an amicus brief in the Google Books copyright lawsuit, asking for the judge to approve the proposed settlement in the case, but also to ensure that reader privacy is protected as Google implements the expanded services envisioned in the settlement. The settlement would dramatically transform Google Books from an index and finding aid into a…

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Personal Health Records Need a Comprehensive and Consistent Privacy and Security Framework

Personal health records (PHRs) – records that are managed, controlled, and shared by individuals rather than their healthcare providers-hold the potential to transform healthcare by empowering consumers and patients to become key, informed decision-makers in their own care. These records increase individual control over personal data and permit individuals to record, store, and share relevant health information, including data…

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Congressional Committee Revives Data Security Legislation

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…

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