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Cybersecurity Program Should Be More Transparent, Protect Privacy

On February 9, President Obama ordered his National Security and Homeland Security Advisors to review the federal government’s cybersecurity plan, programs and activities. The 60-day review will culminate in recommendations as to how the new Administration should protect government networks from attack and help the private sector protect key networks, including financial and communications networks. On March 19, CDT…

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Domestic Intelligence System Grows without Controls

Without a definitive decision to do so, and without adequate guidelines or limits, government agencies at the federal, state and local level are creating a vast domestic intelligence apparatus. The concerns long posed by domestic spying are magnified by the digital revolution, which makes it easier than ever to collect, store, exchange and retrieve personally identifiable information, making it…

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Investigative Guidelines Cement FBI Role As Domestic Intelligence Agency, Raising New Privacy Challenges

Guidelines for Domestic FBI Operations signed on September 29, 2008 by Attorney General Mukasey significantly expand the authority of the FBI to use intrusive investigative techniques to collect information about innocent Americans. In the past, the FBI could use these techniques – tasking informants, pretext interviews, and physical surveillance – only when it had some suspicion of…

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Online Behavioral Advertising: Discussing the ISP-Ad Network Model

The practice of "behavioral advertising" involves the compilation of detailed information about an Internet user’s online activities for the purpose of sending them targeted online advertisements. In the traditional behavioral advertising model, online ad networks contract with many different Web site publishers on one side and many different advertisers on the other, placing ads online according to the context…

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Three Years Later: A Primer on REAL ID

The 9/11 Commission Report highlighted the need for increased security when issuing driver’s licenses and ID cards in the United States. In response, Congress passed the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act (IRTPA) of 2004. Among other provisions, the law called for a negotiated rulemaking to create new federal standards for state driver’s licenses nationwide. Notably, the…

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