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Draft privacy legislation is circulating on Capitol Hill, the FCC is moving to regulate broadband Internet access with a "light touch," and Facebook is struggling to get privacy right. Here are a few highlights and links to fuller CDT analysis.
FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski announced on May 6 that the Commission will use its existing authority over telecommunications services to begin developing rules for broadband Internet access. CDT welcomed the proposed approach, which appears to recognize the importance of protecting and preserving Internet openness while at the same time carefully limiting the FCC’s authority, thus foreclosing broader regulation. These are themes CDT had emphasized in our comments to the agency. We will be working to preserve this balance as the FCC effort progresses.
The privacy backlash against Facebook’s latest implementation of a new “Like” function and the “Instant Personalization” feature has swept across the globe in recent weeks. CDT has been urging Facebook to improve its privacy controls. We’ll be watching Facebook’s promised privacy updates closely – so stay tuned for our thoughts and analysis.
Since late 2007, the United States and a number of other countries, have been negotiating an "Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement" (ACTA). A variety of speculation, rumors, and leaks regarding what ACTA might contain have prompted concern in the blogosphere and the tech industry. Until recently, however, the only official documents that had been publicly released were high-level outlines and statements offering little guidance on ACTA's specific provisions and language. With the full text in hand, CDT was finally able to climb under the hood of this much anticipated document and do some serious analysis of its provisions
Leslie Harris applauds Scott Charney’s cybersecurity straight talk, a welcome antidote to the recent fevered rhetoric.
Erica Newland reviews Google’s new encrypted search features.
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