CPP is currently working on a wide range of privacy-related issues including: Voter ID Laws, National Identity Systems, Air ID restrictions, State Driver's License Laws, Immigration and Medical Privacy,. Below is a more detailed list of these projects and what CPP is doing to advance the interest of privacy.

Voter ID: CPP worked with many organizations providing amicus briefs around the 2008 decision by the Supreme Court upholding the Indiana Voter ID Law, Crawford v. Marion County Election Board. CPP submitted an amicus brief in the case opposing voter photo ID laws and observed oral arguments in front of the Supreme Court. Dr. Sobel edited a January 2009 symposium in PS: Political Science and Politics on Voter ID issues (see Publications).  Currently, CPP is watching the state constitutional challenge to Indiana’s voter ID law, after an appellate court struck it down as unconstitutional under Indiana’s constitution. CPP also monitors proposals for voter ID laws in other states and constitutional challenges to the law.

Air Identification Restrictions on the Rights to Privacy and Travel: CPP has long raised questions about violations of the rights to privacy and travel in requirements to provide government identification in order to fly. These questions are heightened by the recent “Secure Flight” requirements that in order to receive government permission to fly passengers have to provide birthdates and gender in order to get a reservation. CPP also raises the concern that ID requirements may be extended to train and bus travel further undermines the rights to privacy and travel nationally. The system of transporation identification creates the basis for an internal passport system in the U.S.

PASS ID=REAL ID=NATIONAL ID: CPP opposed a national identification system in its various guises as a national driver’s license or national health care card.  It holds that Real ID and PASS ID unconstitutionally violate the police powers reserved to the states and constitutes an unfunded mandate during a period of fiscal strains across the nation.  REAL/PASS ID are especially troubling for their requirements as the single form of identification to board an air plane or enter government buildings. CPP works in coalitions for the passage of the Repeal of REAL ID and against the passage of PASSID.

Medical Privacy and Confidentiality: The Publications section links to Dr. Richard Sobel's articles, including "The HIPAA Paradox, The Privacy Rule That's Not." This article explains how HIPAA contributes to the dissemination of medical records and undermines confidentiality and consent in professional medical care.  CPP is monitoring national health legislation for the adequacy of its protection of medical records and privacy.

Op-eds and Blogging: CPP often contributes op-ed on privacy related issues (see Publications). For identifying privacy-related news and being a resource to journalists, CPP may comment on featured news items over the Internet. In an effort to keep up to date on the latest news, CPP may join the blogging world of ongoing comments on current cyber privacy and rights-related issues.