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Reboot the Rhetoric

Since Jim Harper at CATO continues to blatantly mischaracterize CDT’s position on the PASS ID bill. Let me state it as clearly as I have to him in email: PASS ID would create a driver’s license system that has no greater impact on privacy than the system that existed before REAL ID and is better than what…

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(Digital) Sign of the Times

Recently, I attended the Personal Democracy Forum in New York City and, it being New York, I took a lot of cabs. While distances and speeds of trips varied, the one constant was each cab having a television monitor in the backseat, which in addition to displaying news and city information ran a constant carousel of product advertisements….

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LocationFox

A couple of weeks ago I wrote about one of the upgrades in the iPhone 3.0 software update that allows the Safari browser on iPhone to be location-enabled. Firefox had previously implented something similar in a beta version of the browser, and now that functionality has been released to the world. Firefox 3.5, released on Wednesday, is…

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Enter the Advertisers

Given how much advertising we all see, especially online, you know it means something when the entire advertising industry gets together to make an announcement. Today, the advertising industry, as represented by a cohort of trade associations, joined together to publish their own self-regulatory principles, with an aim toward increasing privacy protection for online behavioral advertising. It’s…

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A Remedy for Every Wrong? Why We Need a Consistent Privacy Act

The Privacy Act of 1974-the law designed to protect your rights as the government collects, uses, and shares your data-fails to consistently protect of citizens' privacy because circuit courts disagree on how to interpret its language. Different interpretations and decisions based on this law have come out of circuit courts and have helped support the notion that a consistent…

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The Dawn of the Location-Enabled Web

There's been a lot of buzz over the last few days about the new iPhone 3.0 software that was released this week. You might have seen reviews of a new service offered as part of the update called Find my iPhone, which shows you your iPhone's location on an online map should you misplace it. But while…

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Who’s on First?

There’s a lot of talk in the online privacy world about first parties and third parties. Generally speaking, when you surf to abc.com, that site is considered to be a first party during the time that you’re on the site. If abc.com contains ads, content, scripts, or other stuff being delivered by xyz.com, then xyz.com is considered a third…

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Personal Health Records: Who Are You Going to Trust?

Personal health records (PHRs) have the potential to move our health care system toward a more patient-centered model by enabling individuals to store and share copies of their health information. However, many consumers hesitate to use PHRs because of privacy concerns. These concerns are justified by the uncertainty that characterizes our current system: there…

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FTC Nails a Bad Actor Internet Hosting Company

At the Anti-Spyware Coalition workshop two weeks ago, a common theme was how to ensure that law enforcement can work with companies and researchers to share information that could lead to effective enforcement actions. In fact, we launched the Chain of Trust Initiative, to develop avenues of collaboration on protecting the Internet from malicious actors. Brian Krebs’ keynote…

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