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Americans Deserve a Law Protecting Their Digital Privacy - Here’s Our Proposal

Privacy is a fundamental human right. For too long, Americans’ digital privacy has varied widely, hinging on the technologies and services we use, on the companies that provide those services, and on our capacity to navigate confusing notices and settings. It’s time for Congress to pass legislation providing comprehensive protections for personal information. To advance this dialogue, CDT has put forth a draft federal privacy bill for discussion.

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Dockless Mobility Pilots Let Cities Scoot Away with Sensitive Data

Dockless mobility services generate a tremendous amount of data that can potentially improve transportation infrastructure, and cities like Detroit and Los Angeles are racing to create new data standards to collect and analyze mobility data. Building on our earlier work on government data demands, CDT has called on transportation authorities to adopt clear and robust privacy and security safeguards. These policies should build off of longstanding Fair Information Practices, include appropriate access controls, and address the availability of mobility data to researchers.

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CDT Signs Onto Principles for Privacy Legislation, Calls On NTIA to Promote Robust Privacy Law in Congress

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.

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Techsplanations: Part 5, Virtual Private Networks

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.

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Face Recognition Principles are a Step Forward But Congress Needs to Act

Companies are eager to deploy face tracking for their own ends, but FRTs have the potential to significantly alter our day-to-day existence in the public square. Companies and retailers should provide much more detail about their biometric data practices, and as Congress and the White House begin to discuss the contours of a federal baseline privacy law, facial recognition technologies deserve special attention.

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Double Dose of FTC Comments Discuss Remedial Measures and Algorithms in Advertising

The FTC sought comment on a wide range of issues, and for this initial go-around, CDT submitted comments on two key questions: (1) the FTC’s remedial authority to deter unfair and deceptive conduct in privacy and data security matters; and (2) the implications associated with the use of algorithmic decision tools, artificial intelligence, and predictive analytics.

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A New Day for Privacy Dawns in California

California’s passage of AB 375, the California Consumer Privacy Act of 2018, reshapes the conversation about privacy law and regulation in the United States. CDT annotated key issues and concerns in the legislation, and we intend to track how these provisions are debated and potentially changed before January 1, 2020. We highlight five areas of the law that will require additional consideration from legislators, advocates and industry.

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GDPR: Avoiding Harms and Expanding Risk

Meaningful protections for individuals’ dignity and personal autonomy demand a broader understanding of privacy risk that considers user expectations and concerns. Privacy risks are not hypothetical, and over and over again, the emergence of these risks are the byproduct of companies discounting the expectations of users while seeing only benefits for themselves. European privacy law flips that script.

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When Online Dating Met Facebook

At this week’s Facebook Developer Conference, or F8, the social network company announced that it will begin introducing online dating features onto its platform. Its plans are especially intriguing because it effectively merges traditional dating with technology; Facebook can harness social signals used in offline dating – mutual friends, family connections, or school, work, and church networks – while also providing would-be daters the same frictionless experience and abundance of potential choices that characterize the online dating ecosystem. Facebook is promising more information in the months ahead, but incorporating a dating service directly into an existing social network platform raises some privacy and safety questions.

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