In an effort to raise the profile of these issues, the Center for Democracy & Technology, through a generous grant from the Hewlett Foundation, is in the midst of a two-year research project to identify both key policy issues in the world of security research and solutions to problems like the chill security researchers often face from laws.
A coalition of human rights and civil liberties organizations and trade associations wrote to DHS Secretary Kelly in response to his statement at the House Homeland Security Committee hearing, that the Department of Homeland Security would consider requiring visa applicants to provide log-in information (passwords or other credentials) for their social media accounts.
The NSA is stopping a controversial part of its warrantless surveillance conducted under Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA), which permits the targeting of non-U.S. persons outside the U.S. It reportedly abandoned the practice of collecting communications that merely mention an identifier associated with a target, such as an email address or telephone number. This “about” collection swept in many communications that involved Americans. NSA will continue to collect communications to which the target is actually a party. CDT has advocated against this form of untargeted surveillance.
FCC Chairman Ajit Pai announced his plan to roll back net neutrality protections for Americans. CDT is committed to preserving a strong open internet and the plan outlined by Chairman Pai represents a significant step back from essential net neutrality protections.
No stranger to privacy kerfuffles, Uber is once again in the news for its business practices and invasive use of technology. This time, the headlines are focused on Uber’s intentional circumvention of Apple’s developer rules, which prohibit apps from collecting certain technical identifiers from iPhones. The larger challenge this raises is determining whether Uber’s violation of Apple’s developer terms could or should raise regulatory ire. Sanctions should be tailored to fit the crime, but when it comes to privacy and security mishaps with technology, consumers and their advocates are left in the dark.