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Privacy ’08: A Time for Debate

Posted April 12, 2014 By admin

The final presidential debate is this coming Wednesday, October 15th at 9pm. The Privacy ’08 campaign has sent a letter to Bob Schieffer, moderator of Wednesday’s debate, urging him to ask a question regarding the future of privacy protections for American consumers and citizens. More questions and privacy challenges facing the next Administration can be found here.

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On Monday, EPIC hosted an event at the National Press Club with security expert Bruce Schneier and Phillip Friedman, a leading expert on consumer law. Schneier and Friedman discussed recommendations they believe should be given to the next administration. Schneier argued that the next President will need to strengthen privacy safeguards for Internet users, and Friedman urged that strengthening consumer protection law will be vital. A picture of the event is below:

 

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During tonight’s debate, both John McCain and Barack Obama expressed their support for electronic health records. In answering a question about the future of health care, Senator Obama said “[we must] mak[e] sure that we use information technology so that medical records are actually on computers instead of you filling forms out in triplicate when you go to the hospital. That will reduce medical errors and reduce costs.” In response, Senator McCain said, “Let’s put health records online, that will reduce medical errors, as they call them.” You can view EPIC’s page on medical record privacy here. Video of the candidates’ responses:

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Privacy ’08: A Time for Debate

Posted April 12, 2014 By admin

The presidential debate is this coming Tuesday, October 7th at 9pm. The Privacy ’08 campaign has sent a letter to Tom Brokaw, moderator of Tuesday’s debate, urging him to ask a question regarding the future of privacy protections for American consumers and citizens. More questions and privacy challenges facing the next Administration can be found here.

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During a discussion of Roe v. Wade with Katie Couric, Vice-Presidential candidates Joe Biden and Sarah Palin discussed whether they believe there is an inherent right to privacy in the Constitution. “I think the liberty clause of the 14th Amendment… offers a right to privacy. Now that’s one of the big debates that I have with my conservative scholar friends, that they say, you know, unless a right is enumerated – unless it’s actually, unless [it] uses the word “privacy” in the Constitution – then no such “constitutional right” exists. Well, I think people have an inherent right,” Biden stated. When questions, Palin also stated that she believed there was an inherent right to privacy in the Constitution. You can read the transcript of the interview here or view the video below:

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In a recent post, the Civil Liberties Examiner explains that, historically, government responses to crises have had significant civil liberties implications.

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