CDT’s President and CEO Nuala O’Connor’s statement before the United States Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, for the hearing “Consumer Data Privacy: Examining Lessons From the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation and the California Consumer Privacy Act” on October 10, 2018.
CDT joined with 34 other civil rights, consumer, and privacy advocacy organizations in releasing public interest principles for privacy legislation. Together, we have called for a Congress to enact a law that promotes fairness, prevents discrimination, and advances equal opportunity wherever and whenever data is collected, used, or shared. We have also filed comments with the Trump administration calling for the same.
On Monday, the Supreme Court announced its decision not to hear an appeal to the D.C. Circuit’s decision in US Telecom Association v. FCC, which upheld the FCC’s 2015 Open Internet Order and its net neutrality protections. That is a good thing for net neutrality advocates for two reasons. First, the Court’s denial eliminated one opportunity for opponents to chip away at the validity of the (former) rules or the Commission’s authority to create and enforce them. Second, the Court’s decision not to vacate the US Telecom decision means that opinion remains the most on-point legal precedent in the other net neutrality case, Mozilla v. FCC.
Welcome to “Techsplanations,” written for those who would like to have a better understanding of the technologies that shape our everyday lives. One increasingly popular and prominent privacy-enhancing tool is the virtual private network, or VPN, which we’re going to explain a bit on this page and talk about some of the challenges internet users have using VPNs.