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  • National Security Agency Internet Surveillance
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    National Security Agency Internet Surveillance

    Privacy and surveillance experts talked about the National Security Agency’s (NSA) surveillance program and how the NSA complies with individual privacy protection laws. They focused on…

    2,280 views
  • Cato Examines Surveillance Policy for Travelers
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    Government Surveillance of Air Travelers

    Panelists talked about their opposition to Transportation Security Administration (TSA) air passenger security measures. They focused primarily on body scanning machines and enhanced…

    488 views
  • Supreme Court Term Review Criminal Law
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    Supreme Court Term Review, Criminal Law

    Legal analysts and experts reviewed the 2011-12 Supreme Court term, and previewed its upcoming term. They focused on three cases, the Arizona immigration law, the FCC v. Fox Television case and…

    306 views
  • Openness and Transparency in the 112th Congress
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    Openness and Transparency in the 112th Congress

    Panelists discussed the openness and transparency of the political process in the 112th Congress. They focused on efforts to build more open and transparent means to find and analyze online…

    231 views
  • Aviation Security
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    Aviation Security

    Participants talked about aviation security, arguing that federalized aviation security had proven costly, reactive, and an intrusive failure. They said restoring security responsibility to…

    232 views
  • Airport Security Procedures
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    Airport Security Procedures

    Panelists spoke about airport security procedures and potential reforms to improve travelers privacy rights at security checkpoints. Panelists generally agreed that the Transportation…

    175 views
  • Consumer Online Privacy Panel 2
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    Consumer Online Privacy, Panel 2

    Telecommunications leaders from Facebook, Apple, Google, and AT&T, and academics spoke about industry practices in regard to online data collection and usage, and consumer rights.

    172 views
  • Obama Administration Transparency
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    Obama Administration Transparency

    Panelists talked about Obama administration’s efforts to put more transparency into government. The administration has required each agency develop an open government plan and post open…

    293 views
  •  Obama Administration Counterterrorism Policy
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    Obama Administration Counterterrorism Policy

    Panelists talked about the first year of the Obama administration’s counterterrorism policies. Topics included the attempted Christmas Day bombing of Northwest Flight 253. Following their…

    119 views
  • Retaining Customer Data
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    Retaining Customer Data

    The Federal Trade Commission held a forum on technology, consumer privacy and the benefits and the risks associated with information sharing. Panelists included people from business,…

    201 views
  • Security Privacy and Technology
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    Security, Privacy, and Technology

    Panel two of the Computers, Freedom, and Privacy Conference addressed security and privacy in relation to developing technologies. Topics included cyberterrorism, the motivations of…

    137 views
  • emOverblownem
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    Overblown

    John Mueller talked about his book, Overblown: How Politicians and the Terrorism Industry Inflate National Security Threats, and Why We Believe Them, published by The Free Press. He argued that…

    113 views
  • Personal Identification Documentation
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    Personal Identification Documentation

    Witnesses testified for and against the 2005 REAL ID Act and whether it will achieve homeland security. Enforcement of the Act has been postponed until 2009. Topics included the examination…

    66 views
  • Federal Personal Identification
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    Federal Personal Identification

    Witnesses testified on efforts to establish minimum standards for state-issued drivers' licenses and identification cards in compliance with the REAL ID Act of 2005.

    69 views
  • Government Data Mining
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    Government Data Mining

    The Senate Judiciary Committee held a hearing on “Balancing Privacy and Security: The Privacy Implications of Government Data Mining Programs.” Witnesses testified about counterterrorism…

    140 views
  • Passenger Screening and Privacy
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    Passenger Screening and Privacy

    Stewart Baker talked about privacy issues with terrorist screening and the Department of Homeland Security Automated Targeting System and Passenger Name Record initiatives. He and other…

    44 views
  • Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative Panel 1
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    Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative, Panel 1

    The panel talked about the role of technology in securing the U.S. borders. Topics included electronic identification, the privacy risk, and the methods in which people avoid legal entry…

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  • Mandatory Data Retention Legislation
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    Mandatory Data Retention Legislation

    Members of the Congressional Internet Caucus Advisory Committee spoke about proposed legislation to protect children online by requiring web sites and Internet service providers to retain…

    66 views
  • Presidential Authority and NSA Surveillance
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    Presidential Authority and NSA Surveillance

    The panelists discussed the recent controversy surrounding the Bush administration’s surveillance by the National Security Agency without warrants. Topics included the legality of the domestic…

    63 views
  • Use of Spyware
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    Use of Spyware

    Participants talked to reporters about government efforts to restrict or eliminate the practice of using “spyware” to track, download, and distribute private information from Internet and…

    18 views
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