Latest Center for Democracy and Technology Stories

2011-03-10 14:53:00

WASHINGTON, March 10, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- The Center for Democracy and Technology (CDT) today received the International Association of Privacy Professionals' (IAPP) 2011 Privacy Leadership Award for their ongoing innovation and advocacy in online privacy. The award recognizes a leader in the field of privacy and data protection who demonstrates an ongoing commitment to furthering privacy policy, promoting recognition of privacy issues and advancing the growth and visibility of the privacy...

2010-03-31 12:20:00

Google, Microsoft, eBay, AT&T, and the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) are all part of a new consortium petitioning Congress to rework the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA) of 1986 in order to better protect Internet users from prying eyes. The Digital Due Process coalition - a group whose membership also includes the American Library Association, Americans for Tax Reform, AOL, the Association of Research Libraries, the Center for Democracy & Technology, Citizens...

2010-03-08 16:59:00

BELLEVUE, Wash., March 8 /PRNewswire/ -- Intelius, a leading internet information commerce retailer, today announced that they are joining, as a founding member, an independent working group, led by the Center for Democracy & Technology (CDT), to develop best practices for internet retailers when offering additional subscription products and services. The new working group will convene industry leaders and consumer advocates to establish a set of guidelines for such offers. Intelius...

2009-04-30 06:54:17

Officials in Minnesota are trying to use a federal law that enables restrictions on phone calls used for wagering to block online gambling sites. As of Wednesday, the state's Department of Public Safety had asked 11 Internet service providers to block access to 200 online gambling sites. Minnesota officials are citing a federal law requiring "common carriers" to comply with the request to block telecommunications services used for gambling. Internet service providers are not considered common...

2009-04-14 16:30:06

The use of so-called "proxy" servers is a common part of surfing the Web, but using one to commit a crime could soon result in a longer time behind bars. The U.S. Sentencing Commission is set to hold a crucial vote on Wednesday regarding new federal sentencing guidelines that would classify the use of proxy servers as an indication of "sophistication."  Those facing such charges would face prison sentences about 25 percent longer than those called for under current sentencing...

2009-03-11 12:32:05

Privacy advocates are concerned over Google's adoption of a form of advertising known as behavioral targeting, which presents ads to users based on their previous online activities, the New York Times reported. Google will be the first major company to allow users to see and edit the information that it has compiled about their interests for the purposes of behavioral targeting. Web surfers will also have the option of not participating in what it calls "interest-based advertising." While...

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