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Nuala O’Connor Steps Down as CDT CEO, Search for New Leader of Esteemed Organization Begins

The Board of Directors at the Center for Democracy & Technology (CDT) has announced that President & CEO Nuala O’Connor will step down at the end of September for a new role in the private sector. CDT’s Vice President of Policy Chris Calabrese and Vice President of Strategy Lisa Hayes will serve as interim co-CEOs as CDT conducts a comprehensive search for its new leader. 

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FTC’s $5 Billion Fine of Facebook Is a Win for Privacy

This week, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) reportedly voted to approve a $5 billion settlement with Facebook. The fine follows a probe into Facebook’s data practices, and whether the company violated the terms of a 2012 agreement. “This record-breaking fine highlights the importance of data stewardship in the digital age. The FTC has put all companies on notice that they must safeguard personal information,” said Nuala O’Connor, Center for Democracy & Technology (CDT) President & CEO.

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Supreme Court Allows Antitrust App Store Case to Move Forward

The Supreme Court ruled that an antitrust case against Apple can move forward, rejecting Apple’s argument that consumers were not the right plaintiffs to pursue the case. The case, Apple v. Pepper, challenges Apple’s alleged practice of requiring developers to pay a 30% fixed commission on all app purchases made through the Apple app store.

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CDT Leads Coalition of Over 100 Organizations Opposing DHS Surveillance of Activists, Journalists, and Lawyers

CDT led a coalition of over 100 organizations in sending a letter to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security urging it to cease any targeting of activists, journalists, and lawyers based on their First Amendment-protected speech and associational activities. The coalition demanded that DHS address alarming reports of surveillance activity by U.S. Customs and Border Protection and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement that jeopardizes First Amendment rights and access to legal counsel, and may violate the Privacy Act of 1974.

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CDT’s Tech Prom to Feature Knight Foundation President Alberto Ibargüen

On April 10, CDT’s annual dinner, Tech Prom, will feature the President of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, Alberto Ibargüen. Under his leadership, the Knight Foundation seeks to foster informed and engaged communities, and is taking a leading role supporting research and convenings that address the rapidly evolving information landscape, citizen trust, and the impact of these issues on our democracy.

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