Digital Privacy Issues

Search Engine Privacy

Google, Yahoo, MSN, AOL, and other search engines record your search queries and keep huge databases that reach into the most intimate details of your own life. These details could be embarrassing and cause great damage when disclosed to others. CDP recommends and supports the creation of technologies and search engines which prevent these details from being aggregated in a way that can be tied to you personally.

Privacy Legislation

Technological has advanced much faster than adequate laws to protect privacy have been put in place. This has allowed governments and businesses to do things that do not respect personal privacy. CDP supports legislation that enhances privacy for citizens worldwide.

Location Tracking

Modern-day communications have resulted in people walking around with a location-transmitting beacons in their pockets. As the devices get smaller and cheaper, law enforcement agencies can readily and easily track the locations of people people empowering round the clock surveillance. CDP supports attempts to prevent the abuse of the locational data that users of cellphones location-based services and GPS transmitters leak to the government and to corporate entities.

Safety of Personal Information

Many websites and services collect personal information such as your name, email, phone number, and gender. This personal data (PII) can often be correlated with data that users do not realize is being tracked, such as their navigation around the web. CDP supports efforts to protect this personal data via the creation and enforcement of regulations that dissuade abuse and negligence for the organisations that keep it.

Encrypting the Web

Until recently, most folks generally believed that no one would bother listening to their online communications. Their digital traffic was presumed to be most anonymous and of little interest to anybody else. We now know that this is not the case. We also now know that both authorities and criminals seek to obtain such information, and may often utilize it in surprising ways that do more damage than we might have recognized. Websites that use SSL (https) are encrypting their web traffic, making it much harder if not impossible for anyone who might obtain this information to read it. We support efforts to increase the use of SSL and other encryption technogies on the web.

Social Networks

In response to the demand for intimacy with family and friends online, platforms such as Facebook and Twitter have developed to support the disclosure of information which was previously more private, like place or sexual orientation. These services develope massive profiles of their users which aids in targeting of advertising, but could potentially be abused. CDP supports efforts to educate users about the risks of using social services, and to require these services to clearly disclose the data they collect, and to offer the ability to opt-out of collection of sensitive data.

Mass Surveillance

Many governments around the world have chosen to spy on their citizens on a mass scale in the name of "national security." In most cases, this type of mass surveillance was put in-place without meaningful chance for national dialog.