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White Paper v2.0 PDF

Spring 2011. Our most comprehensive moral and practical argument to date for the creation of a public datatrust that provides public access to today's growing store of sensitive personal information. We set out to answer the major questions and open issues that challenge the viability of the datatrust idea.

White Paper v1.0 READ

(10/2008) A snapshot in time of our thinking from the Fall of 2008.

  1. A New Breed of Privacy Policies: Raising Standards
  2. A New Type of Data Store: A Datatrust
  3. A New Way to Enforce Privacy Policies: A Personal "Gatekeeper"

Why Do We Need Common Data? READ

(5/2008) The free flow of information has always been a central principle of democracy. Yet we as a society are not truly scrutinizing whether all this data is being collected in a manner consistent with our democratic principles. Information is quickly becoming the most valuable resource in our modern economy, but even as scandals arise and fears of privacy invasion grow, we are not asking ourselves the truly difficult questions: Who has access to my personal information? What is it being used for? Is it being used for me or against me?

Why A Non-Profit? READ

(2/2008) CDP's decision to incorporate as a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization was a carefully considered decision. We at CDP are committed to changing public perception and understanding of privacy issues and how they impact our ability to share information. We believe that these issues are ones that have broad implications for our society, and we seek solutions that will benefit all of us, and not specific clients...

How To Read A Privacy Policy READ

(7/2009) We're taking you on a guided tour of that inscrutable document, the online privacy policy, and explain what issues you should keep in mind. We walk through the privacy policies of companies like Microsoft, Google, Yahoo, and Amazon, as of June 2009, and explain what they’re promising and what they’re not.

"Licensing" Personal Information READ

As a first step in advancing a legal model where individuals control how their information is shared, we've conducted a thought experiment to try and imagine the ways in which licenses for personal information might work or not work.

Data & Non-Profits: Hurdles and Requirements

Our goal is to interview 25 non-profits in the year 2009 to better understand their data needs. What data do they collect? What data do they wish they collected? How do they maintain it? use it? access it? and share it? Read an early summary on our blog. If you know of an organization we should be talking to, let us know!