Contributor: Justin Brookman

Justin Brookman is the Director of Consumer Privacy at the Center for Democracy & Technology (CDT). Prior to joining the CDT in January 2010, Brookman was chief of the Internet Bureau of the New York Attorney General's Office. Under his leadership, the Internet Bureau was one of the most active and aggressive law enforcement groups working on Internet issues, and Brookman brought several groundbreaking cases to protect the rights of online consumers. Brookman previously worked as a litigation associate for six years at Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP in both its New York and Washington offices.

Opinion

Eroding Trust: How New Smart TV Lacks Privacy by Design and Transparency

By Justin Brookman

A year ago I got a new Samsung DVD player for Christmas. It’s a lovely device that I use most every day—mostly for streaming video from Netflix and Amazon. I apparently can also make Skype calls from it, though I haven’t tried — I’m told there are hundreds of other applications out there, so I’m probably underutilizing the device. But I’ve recently wondered—does Samsung log what I do on the...

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Point - Counterpoint

Privacy in a World of Persistent Surveillance

By Justin Brookman

Note from the Editor:

This is the first post in a point/counterpoint between Center for Democracy & Technology Consumer Privacy Director Justin Brookman and Mercatus Center Senior Research Fellow Adam Thierer. Look for Thierer 's response tomorrow and for more point/counterpoint posts from contributors in the future.

Much of the privacy discussion over the past couple of weeks has focused on the NSA and the potentially large amounts of data they’re collecting on American citizens not suspected of crimes. As we consider the ramifications of these revelations, keep in mind that the NSA is not collecting that information itself from its clandestine headquarters in suburban Maryland—it’s demanding the data from...

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How Do Not Track Can Save the Online Ad Industry

By Justin Brookman

Note from the Editor:

This is the second post in a point/counterpoint between Mercatus Center Senior Research Fellow Adam Thierer and Center for Democracy & Technology Consumer Privacy Director Justin Brookman. Last week, Thierer explained why a Do-Not-Track standard will not have "a lasting, meaningful impact for long-term privacy protection."

This week, members of the World Wide Web Consortium’s Tracking Protection Working Group are meeting one last time in Sunnyvale, CA, to try to negotiate a Do-Not-Track web standard. Whether we succeed, and whether that standard is ever implemented by the online ecosystem, are very much in the air. However, the hope—my hope—is that the ad industry, browser makers and consumer advocates can come up...

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