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New Tool Will Help Online Advertisers Develop Stronger Privacy Practices

WASHINGTON — The Center for Democracy & Technology today unveiled a new assessment tool to help online advertising companies develop strong, appropriate privacy protections for the users they serve. Released to coincide with Data Privacy Day 2009, the new document reflects input from a broad cross-section of industry and the public interest community. The “Threshold Analysis for Online Advertising Practices,”…

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CDT Analysis: Online Advertising Self-Regulatory Effort Improves, But Still Fails to Fully Protect Consumers

For immediate release December 16, 2008  WASHINGTON–The Internet advertising industry today took a meaningful step toward protecting consumer privacy by completing a major update of the Network Advertising Initiative Self-Regulatory Code of Conduct.  However, while the updated NAI principles address important concerns, they also fall short on several issues, leaving holes in consumer protection that must be plugged by federal privacy…

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CDT Finds Improvements, Shortfalls in Online Advertising Guidelines

The Internet advertising industry today took a meaningful step toward protecting consumer privacy by completing a major update of the Network Advertising Initiative Self-Regulatory Code of Conduct. However, while the updated NAI principles address important concerns, they also fall short on several issues, leaving holes in consumer protection that must be plugged by federal privacy legislation, according to…

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FTC Takes Aim at “Stalker Spyware” Company

Acting on a request from the Federal Trade Commission, a U.S. District Court has temporarily halted the sale of "stalker spyware," pending a decision on whether these products engage in unfair and deceptive practices by enabling and encouraging privacy invasion. Keylogger programs are often sold as "stalker spyware" and describe in detail how to spy on others without being…

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CDT Policy Post: Closer Look at ISP-Ad Network Partnerships

CDT issued a policy post today that takes a closer look at the privacy concerns raised by the ISP-ad network partnership model within the online behavioral advertising field. Behavioral advertising involves the compilation of detailed information about an Internet user’s online activities. That data, when collected, can be turned into detailed consumer profiles including articles read, web sites…

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Study: State AGs Fail to Adequately Protect Online Consumers

State attorneys general received thousands of complaints about online fraud and abuse in 2006 and 2007. Yet, with the exception of several notable standouts, few states brought significant cases in response to those complaints, according to a report released today from the Center for American Progress and the Center for Democracy and Technology. The study finds online…

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Study: Customer, Corporate Data at Risk in Telecommuting Environment

Telecommuting and the virtual office put sensitive corporate data, including the personal information of customers, at risk of compromise, according to a report released today by the Center for Democracy & Technology and Ernst & Young. The report is based on a survey of 73 organizations and recommends that companies with a telecommuting workforce need to pay more…

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Security and Privacy Risks of Telecommuting Not Effectively Being Addressed

  Contact: Brock N Meeks, CDT (202) 637-9800 ex. 114 (703) 989-3547 (cell) WASHINGTON, D.C. -Telecommuting and the virtual office put sensitive corporate data, including the personal information of customers, at risk of compromise, according to a report released today by the Center for Democracy & Technology and Ernst & Young. The report, "The State of Telecommuting: Privacy and Security," based…

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CDT Testifies Before House Telecom Subcommittee About Online Behavioral Advertising

CDT today testified before the House Telecom Subcommittee regarding the privacy implications of "deep packet inspection," a technology underlying some online behavioral advertising models. CDT warned that consumers are increasingly concerned about the growing amount of personal data being collected by online advertising practices, but that they are ill-equipped to take steps to protect their privacy. CDT also…

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