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Center for Democracy & Technology (CDT)

Self Description

November 2001: " to promote democratic values and constitutional liberties in the digital age. With expertise in law, technology, and policy, CDT seeks practical solutions to enhance free expression and privacy in global communications technologies. CDT is dedicated to building consensus among all parties interested in the future of the Internet and other new communications media."

Third-Party Descriptions

February 2012: '"Technological workarounds to evade browser privacy settings are unacceptable," said Justin Brookman, director of consumer privacy at the Center for Democracy & Technology (CDT). "We are severely disappointed that Google and others choose to place tracking cookies on Safari browsers using invisible form submission. While we take Google's assertion at face value that it was not their intent to track users in this way, we are perplexed how this decision evaded Google's internal design and review process. After a several recent missteps – and two new reboots on privacy-by-design – this should never have happened."',2817,2400413,00.asp

July 2011: 'Others, including Public Knowledge, an Internet rights group, and the Center for Democracy and Technology expressed concerns that consumers might be punished “based on allegations that have not been tested in court.”'

April 2010: "Verizon hired John Czwartacki last year to blog for its policy site and tweet from tech policy events. The Center for Democracy and Technology, a public-interest group funded by foundations and companies including Google and Comcast, hired Adam Rosenberg to do the same because of his political social media smarts from working on President Obama's campaign. Free Press, a public-interest group with no corporate sponsors, has fueled a tweeting rally around net neutrality to get 2 million people to sign a petition for new rules. Comcast's and Sprint's policy spokesmen have taken to Twitter, too, tweeting from congressional hearings and musing about technology policy."

February 2010: "Freiwald, the ACLU, the Electronic Frontier Foundation, and the Center for Democracy and Technology filed briefs saying that the U.S. Constitution's Fourth Amendment provides Americans with at least some privacy protections that shield their whereabouts from police not armed with search warrants. The civil liberties groups also said that current law gives judges the flexibility to require search warrants based on probable cause."

October 2008: '"This would be plainly illegal in the United States, whether or not a governmental official imposed this on an ISP or the ISP did this voluntarily," John Morris of the Center for Democracy and Technology said after viewing Brilliant Digital's slide show. "If I were the general counsel of an ISP, I wouldn't touch this with a 10-foot pole."'

April 2008: '"Fusion centers have grown, really, off the radar screen of public accountability," said Jim Dempsey, vice president for public policy at the Center for Democracy and Technology, a nonpartisan watchdog group in the District. "Congress and the state legislatures need to get a handle over what is going on at all these fusion centers."'

February 2008: 'Web sites such as Flickr automatically designate all online photo albums as public when they are set up. Others like Shutterfly and Snapfish keep them private unless the user indicates that they can be shared. "It's undeniable that companies could do a better job of informing consumers about their choices and helping consumers exercise those choices," said James X. Dempsey, policy director at the Center for Democracy and Technology.'

October 2007: 'You could almost look at Vegas as the incubator of a whole host of surveillance technologies,' said James X. Dempsey, policy director for the Center for Democracy and Technology. Those technologies, he said, have spread to other commercial venues: malls, stadiums, amusement parks.

October 2007: 'Some conservatives want no judicial oversight, and some liberals oppose any notion of a blanket order,' said James X. Dempsey, Center for Democracy and Technology policy director. 'So the challenge of the Democratic leadership is to strike a balance, one that gives the National Security Agency the flexibility to select its targets overseas but that keeps the court involved to protect the private communications of innocent Americans.'

January 2006: A complaint from the nonprofit CDT (Center for Democracy Center for Democracy & Technology Technology) accused 180Solutions of using a complicated web of affiliate partnerships to deliberately trick consumers into downloading and installing intrusive adware programs.,1895,1914550,00.asp

January 2005: The filing, which is also supported by the public-interest group Center for Democracy and Technology, argues that the case should be sent back to a lower court to determine if Grokster violated existing copyright laws by actively encouraging and helping its users to be pirates.


RoleNameTypeLast Updated
Organization Head/Leader (past or present) Jerry Berman Person
Organization Executive (past or present) Justin Brookman Person Feb 20, 2012
Organization Head/Leader (past or present) James "Jim" X. Dempsey Person Mar 22, 2004
Advised by (past or present) Prof. David J. Farber Person Dec 4, 2006
Organization Executive (past or present) Prof. John B. Morris Jr., Esq. Person Oct 28, 2008
Organization Executive (past or present) Ari Schwartz Person Jan 16, 2008

Articles and Resources

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Oct 29, 2013 Lawmakers propose USA Freedom Act to curb NSA’s powers

QUOTE: Dozens of lawmakers from both parties introduced legislation Tuesday to rein in the National Security Agency's spying powers. The USA Freedom Act, which has 16 co-sponsors in the Senate and more than 70 in the House, would end the agency's massive phone record collection program — one of the most controversial revelations from the leaks by Edward Snowden.

The Hill
Feb 17, 2012 Google Accused of Tracking Safari Usage Without Permission

QUOTE: A Stanford University graduate student has released a report that accuses Google and three other ad networks [Vibrant Media, Media Innovation Group, and PointRoll] of side-stepping the privacy settings on Apple's Safari browser to track usage on iPhones and Macs without permission.

PC Magazine
Jul 07, 2011 To Slow Piracy, Internet Providers Ready Penalties

QUOTE: After years of negotiations with Hollywood and the music industry, the nation’s top Internet providers have agreed to a systematic approach to identifying customers suspected of digital copyright infringement and then alerting them via e-mail or other means....concerns that consumers might be punished “based on allegations that have not been tested in court.”

New York Times
Apr 24, 2010 Undercover persuasion by tech industry lobbyists

QUOTE: The influence peddlers of K Street have discovered the power of social networking on such Web sites as Twitter and Facebook. Using their own names without mentioning that they work in public relations or as lobbyists, employees of companies with interests in Washington are chattering online to shape opinions in hard-to-detect ways.

Washington Post
Feb 13, 2010 Justice Dept. defends warrantless cell phone tracking

QUOTE: The FBI and other police agencies don't need to obtain a search warrant to learn the locations of Americans' cell phones, the U.S. Department of Justice told a federal appeals court in Philadelphia on Friday.

Sep 19, 2009 Cybersecurity Plan Doesn't Breach Employee Privacy, Administration Says

QUOTE: The Obama administration has agreed with its predecessor that a special surveillance program to monitor federal Internet traffic for malicious intrusions does not violate the privacy rights of government employees or others they communicate with.

Washington Post
Sep 07, 2009 Password Hackers Are Slippery To Collar

QUOTE: "This is an important point that people haven't grasped," said Peter Eckersley, a staff technologist for the Electronic Frontier Foundation in San Francisco. "We've been using e-mail for years, and it's been insecure all that time.... If you have any hacker who is competent and spends the time and targets you, he's going to get you."

Washington Post
Jul 07, 2009 Obama's Cyber Plan Raises Privacy Hackles

QUOTE: privacy advocates monitoring the [federal cybersecurity] initiative are already raising concerns about what they know and what they don't: the details that have trickled out--including the involvement of the National Security Agency--and the veil of classified information that still covers much of the multibillion-dollar project.

Jun 23, 2009 Clear Promises to Delete Sensitive Flier Data, but No Refunds (Epicenter: Mind our Tech Business)

QUOTE: Clear, the most popular Registered Traveler company, shut down its airport lanes Monday night with just a few hours notice, stranding some 250,000 subscribers to its jump-to-the-front-of-the-airport security-line program and leaving them wondering Tuesday about refunds and the fate of the sensitive data they’d given the company.

Jan 01, 2009 The Plot to Kill Google

QUOTE: The company's [Google] growth, ambitions, and politics have made it a target of some of the country's most powerful businesses and interest groups.

Nov 28, 2008 Google’s Gatekeepers

QUOTE: As more and more speech migrates online, to blogs and social-networking sites and the like, the ultimate power to decide who has an opportunity to be heard, and what we may say, lies increasingly with Internet service providers, search engines and other Internet companies like Google, Yahoo, AOL, Facebook and even eBay....some House Democrats and Republicans have introduced a bipartisan bill called the Global Online Freedom Act, which would require that Internet companies disclose to a newly created office in the State Department all material filtered in response to demands by foreign governments.

New York Times
Oct 16, 2008 ISPs are pressed to become child porn cops: New law, new monitoring technology raise concerns about privacy

QUOTE: New technologies and changes in U.S. law are adding to pressures to turn Internet service providers into cops examining all Internet traffic for child pornography....Privacy advocates are raising objections to such tools, saying that monitoring all traffic would be an unconstitutional invasion....But such monitoring just became easier with a law approved unanimously by the Congress and signed on Monday by President Bush.

May 19, 2008 Senator targets YouTube, but law not on his side

QUOTE: On Monday, the chairman of the U.S. Senate's Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee suggested in a letter to Google CEO Eric Schmidt that the company wasn't doing enough to remove videos that are violent or could be used by terrorist groups to enlist followers.

Apr 05, 2008 Editorial Observer: The Already Big Thing on the Internet: Spying on Users

QUOTE: Technology companies have long used “cookies,” little bits of tracking software slipped onto your computer, and other means, to record the Web sites you visit, the ads you click on, even the words you enter in search engines — information that some hold onto forever. They’re not telling you they’re doing it, and they’re not asking permission. Internet service providers are now getting into the act. Because they control your connection, they can keep track of everything you do online, and there have been reports that I.S.P.’s may have started to sell the information they collect.

New York Times
Apr 02, 2008 Centers Tap Into Personal Databases: State Groups Were Formed After 9/11

QUOTE: But a document that lists resources used by the fusion centers shows how a dozen of the organizations in the northeastern United States rely far more on access to commercial and government databases than had previously been disclosed. Those details have come to light at a time of debate about domestic intelligence efforts...and whether the government has enough protections in place to prevent abuses.

Washington Post
Feb 21, 2008 Online Photos Not as Private As District Mother Assumed

QUOTE: [a] District woman [recently] discovered the selected snapshots [of her children] had been viewed thousands of times, while other photos had about 20 hits...[the] story has caused a stir on local parenting blogs. With so many things out in the open on the Internet, how can parents guard their children's privacy?

Washington Post
Jan 01, 2008 Electronic Passports Raise Privacy Issues

QUOTE: The [new passport] cards can be read wirelessly from 20 feet, offering convenience to travelers but raising security and privacy concerns about the possibility of data being intercepted.

Washington Post
Oct 22, 2007 From Casinos to Counterterrorism: Las Vegas Surveillance, U.S. Security Efforts Involve Similar Tactics

QUOTE: This city, famous for being America's playground, has also become its security lab. Like nowhere else in the United States, Las Vegas has embraced the twin trends of data mining and high-tech surveillance, with arguably more cameras per square foot than any airport or sports arena in the country. Even the city's cabs and monorail have cameras. As the U.S. government ramps up its efforts to forestall terrorist attacks, some privacy advocates view the city as a harbinger of things to come.

Washington Post
Oct 07, 2007 Democrats to Offer New Surveillance Rules: Bill Aims to Meet Privacy and Security Concerns; Fierce Debate Is Expected

QUOTE: The Democrats' legislation, drafted by the Intelligence and Judiciary committee chairmen, is aimed to reconcile civil liberties, privacy and national security concerns. It would overhaul the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA), a 1978 law amended many times that the Bush administration argues has been outstripped by technology.

Washington Post
Aug 01, 2007 A Push to Rewrite Wiretap Law: White House Seeks Warrantless Authority From Congress

QUOTE: The Bush administration is pressing Congress this week for the authority to intercept, without a court order, any international phone call or e-mail between a surveillance target outside the United States and any person in the United States… [But] Civil liberties and privacy groups have denounced the administration's proposal…

Washington Post

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