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Congressional Hearing: “Internet Privacy: The Impact and Burden of EU Regulation”

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Internet Privacy: The Impact and Burden of EU Regulation

Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing, and Trade
House Commerce Committee

Date: September 15, 2011
Time: 9:30 a.m – 1:00 pm

 

Location: Room 2322 Rayburn House Office Building, 45 Independence Ave SW, Washington, DC, 20515, United States

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Online privacy: Beware the cookie monster | The Economist

by G.F., The Economist, August 22, 2011

…Last October Babbage described the evercookie, a practical experiment by a programmer to demonstrate how persistent tracking codes might be embedded in a browser to follow users around, even when they made every effort to delete such tracking elements. The evercookie, designed by Samy Kamkar, used a grab bag of techniques to tuck away a unique identifier in non-obvious spots in a browser’s cache, and packaged them together into a single chunk of programming code. To get rid of the evercookie, a user would have to delete the tag from every nook it was hiding in. Leaving even a single one would lead to the tag being multiplied and restored, or respawned, in the browser’s cookie jar. …

via Online privacy: Beware the cookie monster | The Economist.

Industry Tinkers to Create Privacy Tools for Mobile Devices – NYTimes.com

By Tanzina Vega, NYT, August 14, 2011

For many Internet users, online privacy policies are long and difficult to read. Transfer those same policies to a mobile device, where users can find themselves clicking through multiple screens often with tiny type, and the policies can become almost useless to the average consumer.Yet those same policies govern how much user data is collected through mobile applications and how that data is shared with advertisers and other third parties. And with growing concern over data collection, including proposed legislation to more closely protect consumers, one company is trying to make privacy policies that are both easy for consumers to read and easy for mobile application developers to create. …

For full text of the article, visit Industry Tinkers to Create Privacy Tools for Mobile Devices – NYTimes.com.

Online Privacy? This Man Knows What You Did Five Minutes Ago

by Giles Turnbull, Techland, Time.com, March 21, 2011

… Tom [Scott] pulls live data from the internet in real time, plucking personal information from a bunch of ordinary folk who haven’t thought about what they publish. By the end, he’s phoning a total stranger in front of a live audience and leaving a message summarizing what he thinks he knows about the guy’s life. …

via This Man Knows What You Did Five Minutes Ago – Techland – TIME.com.

Recommendations for a Comprehensive Privacy Protection Framework | Center for Democracy & Technology

Recommendations for a Comprehensive Privacy Protection Framework

 

A Briefing On Public Policy Issues Affecting Civil Liberties from The Center For Democracy and Technology, February 4, 2011.

 

1) Baseline Privacy Legislation Needed

2) Safe Harbor Coregulatory Approach to Consumer Privacy Legislation

3) Rulemaking Authority for the Federal Trade Commission

4) Contours for Baseline Privacy Legislation

5) Innovation Needed for “Do Not Track,” But Not Complete Solution

The Commerce Department‘s Internet Policy Taskforce released a “Green Paper” outlining a proposal for a new privacy framework and asked the public to comment on the substance of the paper.  CDT believes the paper is an important first toward establishing a long overdue comprehensive privacy protection framework in the United States.  This Policy Post outlines the recommendations CDT submitted in response to the paper.

This Policy Post is online: http://cdt.org/policy/recommendations-comprehensive-privacy-protection-framework

Full text of the article via Recommendations for a Comprehensive Privacy Protection Framework | Center for Democracy & Technology.

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