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.
In collaboration with the Bertelsmann Foundation, CDT is releasing a paper that explores how legal regimes founded on principles of individual control (that is, a person having some say in what happens to their data) have fared in the big data world. We examine legal frameworks in the United States, the European Union, and Germany to understand how their approaches have been challenged by big data. We also shine a light on the public’s view of their own control in big data products and services, and reflect on how these views differ in the US and abroad.
Today, Senators Wyden (D-OR) and Paul (R-KY) and Representatives Polis (D-CO), Farenthold (R-TX), Smith (D-WA), and Beyer (D-VA) introduced the Protecting Data at the Border Act, which would require the government to obtain a warrant to search the data of U.S. persons. CDT supports the bill and believes, as the bill’s sponsors say, that our “Constitutional rights shouldn’t disappear at the border.”
Echoing the Senate vote last week, today the United States House of Representatives voted to permanently strip Americans of common sense privacy and security protections for some of their most sensitive personal information. In a 215-205 vote, the House approved a Congressional Review Act (CRA) measure to reverse the Federal Communications Commission (FCC)’s broadband privacy rules. The measure also prevents the FCC from passing substantially similar rules to protect broadband customers’ privacy in the future.