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CDT Announces Members of 2017-2018 Advisory Council

The Center for Democracy & Technology (CDT) is delighted to announce the members of its 2017-2018 Advisory Council. This year’s cohort comprises 63 members from a wide variety of organizations and experiences, many of whom are leaders in the tech policy field.

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CDT Files Complaint with the FTC on Hotspot Shield VPN

For many Americans looking to protect their online privacy, virtual private networks, or VPNs, are a good option. However, a popular free VPN, Hotspot Shield, promises to protect its users’ privacy but has undisclosed data sharing and traffic redirection practices that violate that promise. As a result, CDT has asked the FTC to investigate the data security and data sharing practices of Hotspot Shield Free Virtual Private Network (VPN) services, which we believe should be considered unfair and deceptive trade practices.

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Senators Lee and Leahy Introduce Bold Bill to Protect Privacy in the Digital Age

Today, Senators Mike Lee (R-UT) and Patrick Leahy (D-VT) introduced the ECPA Modernization Act of 2017, legislation that would modernize the privacy laws that protect the digital communications of all Americans. The bill, which would fundamentally reform the Electronic Communications Privacy Act, is more comprehensive than previous reform efforts. CDT has been a leading advocate for major ECPA reform to protect privacy in the digital age and strongly supports this bipartisan legislation.

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Positive Signals in Copyright Office’s Section 1201 Report

The U.S. Copyright Office released its report on its study of Section 1201 of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. Reform of Section 1201, which prohibits circumvention of technological protection measures, is essential for cybersecurity researchers working to make software more secure. There were a number of welcome recommendations on reform of Section 1201 in the report, although many of the proposed changes require congressional action.

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NSA Halts Part of Invasive Surveillance Program, Need for Section 702 Reform Highlighted

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.

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