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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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CDT Opposes Latest Threat to Hosts of Online Content

The House Rules Committee has announced that it will consider the Allow States and Victims to Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act of 2017 on Monday, February 26, allowing the bill to be voted on as early as next week. The House bill would substantially expand the legal risk involved in hosting individuals’ speech online, result in broad-based censorship, and discourage some platforms from engaging in good-faith moderation efforts.

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CDT to Honor Kickstarter Founder and Chairman Perry Chen with Digital Visionary Award

Motivated by a desire to help fellow artists and creators bring their work to life, Perry Chen founded Kickstarter — the world’s largest funding platform for creative projects. The Center for Democracy & Technology (CDT) will honor Chen with its Digital Visionary Award at its 2018 Annual Dinner, Tech Prom, on March 29, recognizing his work as an artist, innovator, and leader in leveraging tech for good.

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Eric W. Muhlheim Joins CDT Advisory Council

CDT is excited to welcome Eric W. Muhlheim, Chief Financial Officer of OpenX Technologies, Inc., to its Advisory Council. The Advisory Council aims to bring new insight and expertise to CDT’s tech and internet policy advocacy work. Its members come from diverse fields and backgrounds, and all share a commitment to advancing digital rights worldwide.

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U.S. House Renews FISA Authority to Spy on Americans

In a blow to Americans’ Fourth Amendment rights, the U.S. House of Representatives voted this morning to renew the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) for another six years. The bill passed today makes practically no meaningful reform to current surveillance law, which allows the government to conduct “backdoor searches” under Section 702 that target Americans’ communications.

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Secure Elections Act Would Help Safeguard Our Democracy

Today, the Secure Elections Act, which would greatly improve the security of the U.S. election system, was introduced. This bipartisan bill would streamline information sharing, establish an election cybersecurity federal advisory panel, provide grants to improve cybersecurity and modernize election systems, as well as establish a vulnerability hunting program for election equipment and infrastructure. CDT supports the Secure Elections Act and believes it is a crucial element in sustainably shoring up election cybersecurity for the future.

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FCC Net Neutrality Repeal to Set Up Long Fight

Today, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is expected to vote along party lines to repeal the 2015 Open Internet Order, which provides a strong legal foundation for enforceable net neutrality rules. The Center for Democracy & Technology (CDT) has long supported rules that ensure an open internet, and today’s vote will dissolve these protections without an effective plan to…

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