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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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Court Rules That Opened Email Retains Privacy Protections

The Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in Hately v. Watts that opening an email message does not strip the message of privacy protections imposed by Congress in the 1986 Electronic Communications Privacy Act. “This is an important victory for privacy. A contrary ruling would have meant that spam emails nobody opens are better protected from government access than sensitive, personal messages you open and save,” said Greg Nojeim, Director of the CDT Freedom, Security and Technology Project.

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CDT Joins Over 40 Organizations Calling on Congress to Address Data-Driven Discrimination

CDT joined 42 other civil society organizations in a letter to Congress calling on legislators to protect civil rights, equity, and equal opportunity in the digital ecosystem. As members of Congress continue to hold hearings and introduce legislation on digital privacy, they must address the data security and privacy abuses that disproportionately harm marginalized communities.

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Human Rights Organisations Urge Ministers to Reconsider Proposed EU Terrorist Content Rules, Citing Threats to Free Expression

Ahead of this week’s meeting of the Justice and Home Affairs Council, CDT and thirty-two European and international human and digital rights organisations and experts call on Ministers to reconsider or significantly redraft the proposed ‘Regulation on preventing the dissemination of terrorist content online’. In a joint letter, we warn that the proposal will harm free speech, journalism, and access to information.

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Will Scooters Ride Away with Your Privacy?

Dockless mobility services generate a tremendous amount of data that could potentially improve transportation infrastructure, and cities are racing to create new data standards to collect and analyze mobility data. The Los Angeles Department of Transportation is undertaking its own pilot program to address concerns around privacy and data generated by scooters, and CDT would like to see key privacy and security practices implemented.

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Helping Consumers Choose a Trustworthy VPN

CDT has launched an initiative aimed at helping consumers better understand VPNs and assess their trustworthiness. CDT developed a series of questions and recommendations for VPN providers that, when addressed completely, serve as a strong signal that the VPN can be trusted with your personal browsing information and web traffic. The framework was developed in consultation with a number of leading VPN providers, many of which proactively answered CDT’s questions, providing greater transparency about their data practices.

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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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