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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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Senate Votes to Reinstate Net Neutrality Protections

Today, the Senate voted to reinstate the net neutrality protections of the 2015 Open Internet Order in a 52-47 vote. The passage of the CRA resolution now shifts the focus to the House of Representatives, which will consider the legislation. CDT applauds the bipartisan effort to pass the resolution in the Senate and encourages concerned citizens to contact their member of Congress in support of net neutrality.

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CDT, Coalition Urge Internet Platforms to Provide More Transparency and Accountability in Content Moderation

CDT and a coalition of civil society and academic representatives are releasing “The Santa Clara Principles”, a statement outlining minimum standards for the information tech companies to share about their content moderation practices. CDT and the coalition urge companies to adopt these principles and offer meaningful transparency when reporting on practices that impact user free expression.

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Bruce Mehlman Joins CDT Board of Directors

The Center for Democracy & Technology (CDT) has welcomed Republican political strategist Bruce Mehlman, the founder and leader of bipartisan government relations firm Mehlman Castagnetti Rosen & Thomas, to its Board of Directors.

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Omnibus Spending Bill Fails to Protect Privacy of Americans

The CLOUD Act, inserted at the very end of the 2,232-page omnibus spending bill, will make substantial amendments to ECPA. It grants U.S. law enforcement entities new powers to compel U.S. companies to disclose communications and data on U.S. and foreign users that is stored overseas. It also empowers foreign governments to demand the stored and real-time data and communications of users outside the U.S. The CLOUD Act omits the Email Privacy Act, legislation unanimously passed twice by the U.S. House of Representatives, which would amend ECPA by requiring the government to obtain a warrant before accessing email content. CDT has long advocated for this protection to become law.

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Senate Passes Bill that Will Lead to Online Censorship

Today the Senate passed a bill that will lead to censorship of a broad range of speech and speakers while failing to help law enforcement prosecute criminal traffickers. H.R. 1865, which combines the bills known as SESTA and FOSTA, significantly expands the risks for website operators who host individuals’ speech. CDT does not believe the bill will have the intended impact and has opposed the legislation.

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Cambridge Analytica’s Abuse of Facebook User Data Shows Profound Impact of Technology on Democracy

Facebook has suspended Cambridge Analytica from its platform for violating its guidelines on the use of user data. A New York Times article from today further illuminated the scale of Cambridge Analytica’s efforts and showed how the company used personal information about users to conduct targeted political outreach. These revelations illustrate the profound impact internet platforms can have on democracy.

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