Dockless Mobility Pilots Let Cities Scoot Away with Sensitive Data

Dockless mobility services generate a tremendous amount of data that can potentially improve transportation infrastructure, and cities like Detroit and Los Angeles are racing to create new data standards to collect and analyze mobility data. Building on our earlier work on government data demands, CDT has called on transportation authorities to adopt clear and robust privacy and security safeguards. These policies should build off of longstanding Fair Information Practices, include appropriate access controls, and address the availability of mobility data to researchers.

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Data Provided to HHS to Vett Sponsors of Unaccompanied Children Should Not Be Repurposed for Immigration Enforcement

Information originally provided in connection with the sponsorship of an unaccompanied minor entering the U.S. without lawful status is being used to remove the sponsor (or family members) from the U.S. CDT joined 112 organizations to demand that DHS and HHS stop the inhumane and illegal policy of questioning vulnerable immigrant children about their family and using that information to find, arrest, and try to deport their parents and relatives when they come forward to assume responsibility for the children.

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Tech Talk: A News-tritious Media Diet

CDT’s Tech Talk is a podcast where we dish on tech and Internet policy, while also explaining what these policies mean to our daily lives. In this episode, we chat with Lata Nott about a new web tool aimed at improving your online media diet. We also welcome Teddy Hartman from Howard County Public Schools to get a local perspective on how to address student privacy.

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CDT Signs Onto Principles for Privacy Legislation, Calls On NTIA to Promote Robust Privacy Law in Congress

CDT joined with 34 other civil rights, consumer, and privacy advocacy organizations in releasing public interest principles for privacy legislation. Together, we have called for a Congress to enact a law that promotes fairness, prevents discrimination, and advances equal opportunity wherever and whenever data is collected, used, or shared. We have also filed comments with the Trump administration calling for the same.

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The Supreme Court Didn’t Take the Net Neutrality Case, and That’s Good

On Monday, the Supreme Court announced its decision not to hear an appeal to the D.C. Circuit’s decision in US Telecom Association v. FCC, which upheld the FCC’s 2015 Open Internet Order and its net neutrality protections. That is a good thing for net neutrality advocates for two reasons. First, the Court’s denial eliminated one opportunity for opponents to chip away at the validity of the (former) rules or the Commission’s authority to create and enforce them. Second, the Court’s decision not to vacate the US Telecom decision means that opinion remains the most on-point legal precedent in the other net neutrality case, Mozilla v. FCC.

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Getting Better All the Time: Security Research and the DMCA

CDT applauds the U.S. Copyright office and Acting Register’s efforts to improve both the process and exemptions from section 1201 of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) after their ask, along with others, to remove many of the limitations and conditions so that researchers might work on even more kinds of products and systems and enjoy even greater legal certainty in the future.

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