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What Information is "Personally Identifiable"?

Mr. X lives in ZIP code 02138 and was born July 31, 1945.
These facts about him were included in an anonymized medical record released to the public. Sounds like Mr. X is pretty anonymous, right?
Not if you're Latanya Sweeney, a Carnegie Mellon University computer science...

Who Controls Data About Public Transportation?

How should city transit authorities treat independent software developers who make use of public schedule data? What approach results in the best experience for their passengers and customers?
Two models appear to be emerging to answer this question. One, typified by New York City's MTA and Washington, DC's...

EFF Geek Reading with xkcd Creator Randall Munroe

Come to 111 Minna in San Francisco to meet xkcd creator Randall Munroe!
This EFF Geek Reading features Randall Munroe, creator of the cult webcomic xkcd! Reddit and Breadpig founder Alexis Ohanian will be emceeing the event, which will include a visual presentation as well as...

National Coalition of Authors Urge Rejection of Google Book Search Deal

New York - A coalition of authors and publishers—including best-sellers Michael Chabon, Jonathan Lethem, and technical author Bruce Schneier—is urging a federal judge to reject the proposed settlement in a lawsuit over Google Book Search, arguing that the sweeping agreement to digitize millions of books ignores critical privacy rights for...

EFF at Ohio LinuxFest 2009

EFF will have a table at Ohio LinuxFest 2009. Stop by and say hello to Alyssa, EFF's Development Associate!
The Ohio LinuxFest is a conference for the Free and Open Source software communities. Featuring talks by authoritative speakers, a large expo, tutorials, and more, the Ohio LinuxFest welcomes...

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Cybersecurity Act Returns With a Fresh Coat of Paint

In April, we voiced serious concerns about the Cybersecurity Act of 2009, a bill by Senators Jay Rockefeller (D-WV) and Olympia Snowe (R-ME), that sought to give the federal government unprecedented power over the Internet. For months, the bill has been redrafted behind closed doors and has recently been...

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NYT on Locational Privacy

The New York Times today has a nice opinion piece by Adam Cohen that does a good job of laying out the concerns about locational privacy that EFF and other privacy advocates have raised:
A little-appreciated downside of the technology revolution is that, mainly without thinking about it,...

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Promising SXSW Panel Proposals

In the past few years, interesting conversations about new media and innovation have taken place at the South by Southwest (SXSW) conference and festival. Voting for the panels to be featured in 2010 is taking place until September 4 -- here are a few proposals that we think will...


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