With the reclassification of broadband internet access service (BIAS) as a telecommunications service, BIAS providers became subject to the privacy protections of Title II’s Section 222. The FCC will need to interpret how this definition applies to BIAS.
Last week, CDT submitted comments to the UN Special Rapporteur David Kaye regarding the role of the private sector in the exercise of those freedoms in the digital age. We discuss the critical importance of financial intermediaries in enabling the environment for free expression online, and the danger of government programs dedicated to flagging user content.
In the latest development in the debate over the “right to be forgotten” in Europe, Google has decided to begin suppressing links to URLs not only for searches on EU country-level domains, but also for searches conducted from within EU countries on their global .com site. CDT remains very critical of the reasoning behind the CJEU ruling in Google Spain v AEPD, Mario Costeja Gonzale.
The UK Parliament’s Draft Investigatory Powers Bill Joint Committee—a group of Members of Parliament charged with assessing a draft of sweeping new surveillance legislation—issued an important report recommending significant changes to the proposed law. The Committee’s report explicitly opposes any government effort to require encryption backdoors, urges the adoption of clearer definitions of key terms, recommends that the new body that would authorize UK surveillance be more independent, and calls out provisions for supposedly “targeted” surveillance that could be abused by authorities who wish to spy on large numbers of people.
Today, the House Judiciary Committee Chairman announced that the Committee plans to markup the Email Privacy Act (H.R. 699), which would reform the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA). The Center for Democracy & Technology (CDT) has long advocated for reform of the outdated legislation and welcomes the action.
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