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Congress, Set a Strong Privacy Baseline for US Citizens

“Industry is pleading with Congress to write a federal privacy law and Congress should use this historic opportunity to pass strong privacy legislation. We urge members to shift their focus from how individual users can navigate privacy policies to what systemic changes industry should make in the way they collect and use our data.”

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Unintentional Bias May Impede Effectiveness of Health Apps

The mobile health industry holds significant potential to improve health and wellness, but unintended bias in the algorithms and data that power mHealth apps might limit their effectiveness and uptake, especially for traditionally marginalized communities, according to Heal-gorithms, a new report from CDT.

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CDT Continues to Challenge the FCC to Restore Net Neutrality to America

CDT filed a brief defending American’s net neutrality in Mozilla v. FCC. The brief is part of the first wave of arguments in the litigation challenging the validity of the Commission’s 2017 order “Restoring Internet Freedom,” which removed the strong net neutrality protections put in place by the previous administration’s Open Internet Order. CDT believes both the procedure and substance of the Commission’s efforts to repeal those rules are invalid.

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Elizabeth Laird to Lead CDT’s Expanded Student Privacy Advocacy

CDT is excited to welcome Elizabeth Laird as Senior Fellow to lead its Student Privacy Project. Elizabeth will help expand CDT’s efforts on student privacy, working to advance strong privacy practices and policies that protect the rights of students and families. The Student Privacy Project will leverage CDT’s existing expertise on privacy and data issues, with an initial focus on digital decision-making and data portability, deletion, and integration.

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First Republican Announces Support for Reinstatement of Net Neutrality Rules

Today, Congressman Mike Coffman of from the 6th District of Colorado announced his support for restoring net neutrality protections for consumers. Coffman is the first Republican member of the House to signal his support for utilizing the Congressional Review Act (CRA) to reverse the FCC’s repeal of the effective Open Internet Order. The Senate has already passed the CRA to restore the net neutrality rules.

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Supreme Court Rules on Location Privacy

The Supreme Court ruled that law enforcement officers must have a warrant in order to obtain historic cell site location information. In one of the most widely-anticipated decisions in a blockbuster year for the Supreme Court, the Court found 5-4 in Carpenter v. U.S. that collecting 127 days of cell site location information requires a warrant. The Court rejected the government’s argument that the third-party doctrine, which holds that an individual loses Fourth Amendment protections in data voluntarily shared with a third party, nullified the warrant requirement.

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European Parliament Committee’s Vote in Favour of Copyright Law Threatens Online Speech and Innovation

Today, the European Parliament Legal Affairs Committee voted by a narrow majority in favour of the controversial Copyright Directive proposal, which includes upload filtering obligations and an ancillary right for press publishers, also known as the ‘link tax’. CDT has continuously warned about the potential consequences of these articles for the ability of European citizens to communicate freely and share and access information online.

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FBI’s “Going Dark” Claims Now Even More Dubious

Is strong encryption causing the FBI to “go dark”, blocking access to evidence from criminal investigations? That claim has long been dubious, and a new report from the Washington Post, confirming that that FBI inflated the number of locked devices it cannot open by at least 4x, makes the claim even less credible. CDT advocates for strong encryption to keep our daily communications secure and protect information and networks across sectors.

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