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How Will the CDC Use its $500 Million Surveillance System?

The CDC received $500 million to modernize its surveillance, data collection, and analytics infrastructure system.

Elizabeth Wright March 26, 2020
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The Role of Facial Recognition for Law Enforcement

As facial recognition becomes widespread, the technology is raising concerns about privacy and security. 

Deborah Collier December 17, 2019
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A National Framework is Needed for Privacy Protection

Congress must promptly address consumer data privacy.

Deborah Collier September 16, 2019
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Time to Move Forward on a National Privacy Framework is Now

I was recently given a new watch by my husband.  He was excited about the watch because of all the great things it was going to do for me.  Even though I work on technology issues, the only real purpose of a watch in my mind is to tell time.  This...

Deborah Collier July 24, 2019
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The Net Neutrality Sham

Among the many problems with Sen.

Thomas Schatz May 11, 2018
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An Open Internet Excludes Net Neutrality

There is a huge misunderstanding regarding net neutrality.  Silicon Valley dot-coms and big e-commerce corporations are pushing the idea that the Restoring Internet Freedom Order approved by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) on December 14...

Deborah Collier February 27, 2018
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Microsoft/Ireland Case Poses Opportunity for Congress

Republicans and Democrats in Congress have a hard time agreeing on anything.  But, they might concur that it is not appropriate for law enforcement officials to order a cloud services provider to turn over customer data stored in another country...

Deborah Collier January 26, 2018
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Time to Address FCC's Privacy Order

There is a point where over-regulation can lead to uncertainty.  Such is the case with the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) Privacy Order.

Deborah Collier March 21, 2017
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ATF Fails to Comply with Appropriations Act Restrictions

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) operates 25 firearms-related data systems, 16 of which contain purchaser information given to the ATF by federal firearms licensees (FFLs).

Rachel Cole August 5, 2016
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IRS Hiring of Outside Litigator Appears to Violate Law and Infringe Privacy

In what appears to be an unprecedented and illegal action, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has apparently for the first time hired a law firm to assist in the income tax audit and investigation of a taxpayer.

Thomas Schatz May 19, 2015
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Make Vanishing Rights Reappear

The government cannot come into your home and rifle through your personal belongings without a warrant or a subpoena authorizing such a search.  However, unless the outdate Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA), which was enacted in 1986, is...

Deborah Collier September 18, 2013
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Navigating Healthcare Privacy

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has awarded $67 million in grants to more than 100 organizations to assist individuals needing help navigating the confusing process of signing up for Obama

Deborah Collier September 18, 2013

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