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Updating Privacy Protections for 21st Century Communications

Today, a CDT-led coalition issued recommendations to strengthen the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA), a key federal privacy law. The proposals address the rules for government access to some of Americans’ most sensitive data, including communications and documents stored in the Internet “cloud” and location information generated by mobile devices. Our goal is to preserve traditional privacy…

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Cybersecurity: the Power of Private Sector Solutions

One of the recurring arguments we hear in the debate about cybersecurity policy is that the government needs to step in to secure private networks because the private sector is not doing enough on its own.  Some say there has been a “market failure” that requires government intervention because there is an insufficient financial incentive for entities…

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CRS Report: Primer on Federal Wiretapping Law

CRS Report of the Month # 98-326 The Congressional Research Service (CRS) has a new report entitled Privacy: An Overview of Federal Statutes Governing Wiretapping and Electronic Eavesdropping.  It is a great primer for those interested in the issue.  You can get this and many other CRS reports via Open CRS, a service…

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White House Appoints Howard Schmidt ‘Cybersecurity Czar’

The Center for Democracy & Technology welcomes today's Presidential appointment of Howard Schmidt to be the White House’s first Cybersecurity chief.   CDT believes he brings the needed expertise to a critical new position. In May President Obama declared the nation's digital infrastructure a strategic national asset and pledged that his Administration would make protecting these networks a national…

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Ohio Court Extends 4th Amendment Protections To Cell Phones Seized in Arrests

A deeply divided  Ohio Supreme Court has ruled that cell phones contain such sensitive information that law enforcement cannot automatically examine their contents when the cell phone is seized from a person being arrested.  Instead, the court ruled 4-3 that the Fourth Amendment requires that the police first obtain a warrant based on probable cause before they look at…

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