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      CDT Urges Privacy at White House Summit on Hack Attacks -- CDT joined industry experts and government officials at a meeting with President Clinton responding to recent attacks on popular Internet sites. CDT senior staff counsel Jim Dempsey stressed that good network security can be achieved without sacrificing privacy or anonymity online. February 15, 2000

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    Speak Out on DoubleClick - Internet users who care about their privacy can take action against the DoubleClick double-cross, reassert control over their data, and in the process send a message through the marketplace that anti-privacy business practices don't pay. DoubleClick has begun to link up online surfing habits and purchases with offline names, addresses and other identifying information, putting in place the last piece of a comprehensive Internet tracking system. At CDT 's new Action, users can also opt-out of the DoubleClick cookie system. February 1, 2000

    New U.S. Regulations Give Consumers More Access to Strong Encryption, Free Expression Concerns Remain - The U.S. government is expected to release shortly new encryption export rules representing a major change in U.S. policy. Consumers all over the world will have better access to the strongest encryption -- regardless of key length or algorithm -- built into the programs they use every day. However, the complex new regulations will still make it difficult for many to freely exchange encryption products and does not solve the Constitutional free speech concerns raised by encryption export controls. More January 12, 2000

    Supreme Court Upholds Driver's Privacy Law - -- In a unanimous decision, the Supreme Court upheld a 1994 federal law limiting the sale of personal information by states. The Court held that personal, identifying information from drivers' licenses and motor vehicle registrations is a "thing in interstate commerce" that can be regulated by Congress like any other commodity. In a decision with potentially far-reaching implications for ongoing debates over other federal privacy legislation, the Court found, the law constitutionally "regulates the states as the owners of databases." January 12, 2000

    New Computer Security Plan Features Monitoring -- On January 7, 2000, the Clinton Administration issued a national plan for critical infrastructure protection. While plans for the "FIDNet" monitoring system have been scaled back, and the role of the FBI diminished, the plan still calls for creation of a centralized intrusion detection monitoring system that will involve scanning millions of legitimate computer transactions with the government in search of potential cyber attacks. January 10, 2000

    CDT and Others Call for FEC to Leave Individual Political Speech on the Internet Alone - Organizations from across the political spectrum submitted a joint statement to the Federal Election Commission urging it to refrain from regulating political speech of individuals on the Internet. The comments are available. January 6, 2000

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