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Coalition Condemns DHS Proposal to Demand Passwords to Enter the U.S.

In a statement released today, a broad coalition rejected the idea proposed by DHS Secretary John Kelly that DHS could begin requiring visa applicants from certain countries to provide social media account passwords as a condition of entering the U.S. The practice of demanding social media passwords on visa application forms, which Secretary Kelly raised at a hearing before the House Homeland Security Committee on February 7th, 2017, would not increase the security of U.S. citizens and would jeopardize the fundamental rights of people in the U.S. and abroad.

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Ruling in Microsoft's Challenge to Gag Order a Win for Transparency

Today, Microsoft’s effort to alert customers when they are the subject of searches by the government took a crucial step forward. Judge James Robart denied the government’s motion to dismiss the case, and allowed Microsoft to assert its claim that the government stifled the company’s First Amendment rights when it applied a “gag” order to stop them from sharing…

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Email Privacy One Step Closer to Reality

Could this be the year that the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA) is updated to better protect the privacy our emails? By a voice vote, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Email Privacy Act, which would do just that. With the bill moving to the Senate, CDT will work with members of the Digital Due Process Coalition to advocate for its passage.

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Latest Microsoft-Ireland Case Ruling Affirms U.S. Warrants Do Not Reach Data Stored Outside the U.S.

The Second Circuit Court of Appeals today denied the U.S. government’s petition for a rehearing in the Microsoft-Ireland case, effectively sending resolution of the issue of the scope of U.S. warrants to the Supreme Court, Congress, or both. The appellate court left in place the decision of a 3-judge panel, which found that U.S. warrants cannot compel Microsoft to disclose communications it stores in Ireland. CDT welcomes the decision.

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Michelle De Mooy Promoted to Director of Privacy & Data Project

CDT is pleased to announce the promotion of Michelle De Mooy to Director of the Privacy & Data Project. Michelle began her time at CDT as the project’s Deputy Director, and was most recently its Acting Director. In 2017, she will focus on harmonizing privacy and security standards in the Internet of Things, exploring the role of data deletion policy and technologies in privacy and security, and investigating how concepts in data portability and data sovereignty might serve the interests of data protection regimes.

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FCC Proposal on Broadband Privacy Offers Meaningful Protections for Consumers

Today, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) circulated a fact sheet describing a modified Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that would extend robust privacy protections to broadband internet customers. This proposal promises to give consumers meaningful control over how their information is used and shared by broadband providers. CDT has long expressed support for strong customer controls over personal information.

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CDT Welcomes Three New Board Members

The Center for Democracy & Technology (CDT) has added three new members to its Board of Directors: former FTC Commissioner and privacy attorney Julie Brill, computer scientist and cybersecurity expert Carl Landwehr, and communications strategist and telecommunications lawyer Mark Seifert. All three were unanimously approved by CDT’s current Board members.

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