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Security Protecting Privacy is Good for Business

Respecting Privacy on the Web

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Privacynotes Digest
Security Protecting Privacy is Good for Business

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Protect Your Digital Privacy Published by: Mike Banks Valentine Privacynotes privacy@privacynotes.com www.privacynotes.com
September 26, 2002 Issue # 027

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"Privacy Books from EPIC"
~ Mike Banks Valentine

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"Privacy Defined" ~ Eric Norlin

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I am a subscriber to the Electronic Privacy Information Center "EPIC Alert" newsletter which covers issues of interest to everyone involved or concerned with privacy matters. This week I was reviewing that newsletter for news items and came across their list of authoritative privacy publications. In an effort to increase awareness of privacy matters, I realized that Privacynotes list members may have an interest in those publications and decided to list them here. This is not an endorsement as I've not read them myself [yet].

I'd like to encourage list members to offer any reviews or comments on those books that they have read on this list along with any other privacy related publications, newsletters or web sites that they are aware of. Got any privacy resources you'd like to share?

 

EPIC Publications:

"Privacy & Human Rights 2002: An International Survey of Privacy Laws and Developments" (EPIC 2002). Price: $25. http://www.epic.org/bookstore/phr2002/

This survey, by EPIC and Privacy International, reviews the state of privacy in over fifty countries around the world. The survey examines a wide range of privacy issues including data protection, telephone tapping, genetic databases, video surveillance, location tracking, ID systems and freedom of information laws.

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"The Privacy Law Sourcebook 2001: United States Law, International Law, and Recent Developments," Marc Rotenberg, editor (EPIC 2001). Price: $40. http://www.epic.org/bookstore/pls2001/

The "Physicians Desk Reference of the privacy world." An invaluable resource for students, attorneys, researchers and journalists who need an up-to-date collection of U.S. and International privacy law, as well as a comprehensive listing of privacy resources.

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"Filters and Freedom 2.0: Free Speech Perspectives on Internet Content Controls" (EPIC 2001). Price: $20. http://www.epic.org/bookstore/filters2.0/

A collection of essays, studies, and critiques of Internet content filtering. These papers are instrumental in explaining why filtering threatens free expression.

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"The Consumer Law Sourcebook 2000: Electronic Commerce and the Global Economy," Sarah Andrews, editor (EPIC 2000). Price: $40. http://www.epic.org/cls/

The Consumer Law Sourcebook provides a basic set of materials for consumers, policy makers, practitioners and researchers who are interested in the emerging field of electronic commerce. The focus is on framework legislation that articulates basic rights for consumers and the basic responsibilities for businesses in the online economy.

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"Cryptography and Liberty 2000: An International Survey of Encryption Policy," Wayne Madsen and David Banisar, authors (EPIC 2000). Price: $20. http://www.epic.org/crypto&/

EPIC's third survey of encryption policies around the world. The results indicate that the efforts to reduce export controls on strong encryption products have largely succeeded, although several governments are gaining new powers to combat the perceived threats of encryption to law enforcement.

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EPIC publications and other books on privacy, open government, free expression, crypto and governance can be ordered at:

EPIC Bookstore http://www.epic.org/bookstore/

"EPIC Bookshelf" at Powell's Books http://www.powells.com/features/epic/epic.html

 

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===> TOPIC: PRIVACY DEFINED

From: Eric Norlin

Hey Mike-

My partner in crime, Phil Becker, recently wrote a piece that deals with trying to define privacy: Privacy in identity data handling has often been left to "just happen" and people are becoming aware that doesn't always lead to the result they desire. To build trust in computing, privacy must be understood and clearly addressed...

"Privacy advocacy groups have always been around, but today we are seeing a momentum shift in this arena. Privacy issues have grabbed the headlines, new regulations and laws to control the handling of identity data are being enacted, and many more are being proposed and debated. Why is this happening, and why is the movement gaining momentum now?"

http://makeashorterlink.com/?R2CA158E1

Senior Editor, Digital ID World www.digitalidworld.com

[ Moderator comment ]:

The upcoming Digital ID World Conference, sponsored by Eric Norlin's organization, will offer additional opportunities to understand and define privacy. I'll be attending and participating in a privacy panel where I hope to contribute some clarity to the evolving definition of privacy online. I encourage list members to join us mid-October to help shape the future of digital privacy.

http://www.digitalidworld.com/conference/2002/

 

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Moderator note: There are two ways to access previously listed privacy news stories. One is to visit Privacynotes archives, the other (simpler) way is to visit

http://privacynotes.com/privacy_news.html where I also keep a privacy news archive.

Court Upholds State Access to Abortion Clinic Records. A South Carolina law allowing state inspectors access to all abortion clinic records does not violate patients' privacy rights, a divided federal appeals court ruled today. The 2-to-1 decision by the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit here reversed a lower court ruling on the privacy issue. It upheld part of the lower court ruling that found other elements of the clinic regulations to be constitutional. Two clinics had challenged the regulations, arguing that the confidentiality of patient information was vital because women seeking abortions could face harassment. The appeals court noted, though, that the state was required to keep patient records confidential.

http://www.nytimes.com/2002/09/20/national/20CLIN.html

Thus - the alternative telco group that owns the Demon ISP - is looking to challenge plans to introduce changes to Nominet's 'whois' Web site ownership directory. It claims that Nominet's decision to publish the contact addresses of all registrants regarded as "trading" or "businesses" might not be legal. It has already held informal talks with the Information Commissioner and is considering whether to make a formal complaint. "The right to privacy is an important one - individuals have entirely legitimate reasons for wishing to remain anonymous.

http://www.theregister.co.uk/content/6/27270.html

 

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