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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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CDT Testifies Before Senate Judiciary Committee on State Dept. Passport Privacy Breaches

CDT told the Senate Judiciary Committee today that the illegal browsing of passport information by State Department employees indicates a lack of adequate internal controls to protect personal information and shows a disregard for basic privacy laws. CDT said that the department’s overall privacy program has lacked vision, direction, and resources for several years. However, the department is…

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CDT Testifies on Privacy Implications of Online Advertising

CDT today testified before the Senate Commerce Committee regarding the privacy implications of online advertising. CDT noted 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 said that the emerging advertising model partnering ISPs…

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CDT Urges Stronger Guidelines for Behavioral Advertising

The Network Advertising Initiative (NAI) should consider major revisions to its proposed privacy guidelines for online behavioral networks, CDT said today. CDT viewed the original NAI guidelines– developed in 2000–as a good first step; however, problems with the original version and the proposed update have left major gaps in the protection of consumer privacy online, even as data…

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CDT Is Joined on Anti-Spyware Brief by Wide Range of Groups and Companies

In a friend-of-the-court brief filed today, CDT argues that anti-spyware vendors should be protected by the liability protections afforded other filtering companies under the Communications Decency Act. CDT was joined by a broad spectrum of Internet and technology industry groups, public interest organizations, civil liberties groups and individual companies that are all committed to the proposition that users should…

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ASC Behavioral Targeting Working Group Launched

The Anti-Spyware Coalition has created a new internal working group to review privacy concerns raised by partnerships between behavioral targeting advertising companies and ISPs. The concerns stem from instances in which these business relationships result in all, or substantially all, user Web traffic being passed to advertisers with little or no notice. In many instances the activities raising…

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FTC Should Strengthen Behavioral Advertising Principles

The Federal Trade Commission’s proposed behavioral advertising principles aren’t strong enough on their own to adequately protect consumers, according to comments filed jointly today by CDT, Consumer Action and Privacy Activism. Although the principles represent a solid first step in the process, protecting consumer privacy interests in this space will require a rigorous mix of self-regulation, enforcement of existing…

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