Controversial French Surveillance Regulation Should Re-Ignite EU Debate on Surveillance Reform

France is moving ahead with new legislation to enable expanded electronic surveillance. As expected, the surveillance bill, the Projet de Loi Relatif au Renseignement, was passed by Members of the French National Assembly. A wide range of French civil society groups, lawyers, and technology industry groups have voiced strong opposition to the bill from its inception. Indeed, the bill is so excessive that we believe it could, and should, lead to a renewed debate on surveillance reform across Europe.

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US to Answer for Surveillance Practices on Global Stage

It only happens once every four and a half years, but it’s about to happen this month: the United States will appear before the assembled United Nations Member States to listen and respond to critiques of its human rights record. CDT has been working hard to ensure that the US’ surveillance practices are at the top of the agenda for this process, which is known as the Universal Periodic Review (“UPR”). We hope the official comments aired during the session will help to reinforce strong human rights standards around government surveillance and hold the US to account for its abuses.

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A Mixed Review for Europe's Digital Single Market Strategy

Today, the European Commission published its much-anticipated Digital Single Market (DSM) Strategy. The result is a mixed bag of good and bad ideas. The most controversial and problematic elements of the strategy focus on enhanced obligations that websites and other Internet intermediaries should have for dealing with unlawful third-party content and what regulations should apply to a subset of those intermediaries deemed “internet platforms.”

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Thawing Chilled Security Research: An Opportunity for the Copyright Office

This year, the Copyright Office has the opportunity to reduce the uncertainty the DMCA creates for security research. The Copyright Office’s sixth triennial rulemaking under the DMCA may offer some relief from one particular disincentive to security research. Through triennial rulemakings, the Copyright Office and the Librarian of Congress can grant temporary exemptions to the DMCA’s section 1201 prohibition on the circumvention of access controls protecting copyrighted works. Without an exemption, circumventing access controls can lead to significant legal consequences, even if no copyright infringement occurs.

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Tech Industry Advances Equality for Entire LGBT Community

The tech industry recently rallying together to support America’s LGBT community means far more than just protecting business. It is also an important reminder of the profound impact that technology and the Internet have on the lives of minority, marginalized, and repressed communities, including the diverse LGBT community.

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Freedom Online Coalition Considers Best Practices for Promoting Freedom Online

This week, member governments of the Freedom Online Coalition (FOC) meet in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, for their 5th annual Conference. The overarching theme for the 2015 meeting is “Internet Policy Making – Best Practices for Promoting Online Freedoms” and is billed as an opportunity for governments, private sector, and civil society to discuss the threats to freedom online and the opportunities to protect and promote “fundamental freedoms and human rights.”

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Consumer Privacy Protection Act is Data Breach Legislation We Can Support

Senator Leahy introduced the Consumer Privacy Protection Act; a bill that breaks new ground in data breach legislation by actually going beyond what state laws already provide to offer new protections for consumers. This bill offers a lot for consumers: it includes the strongest data breach security and notification provisions currently being considered by Congress and implements many of the recommendations CDT proposed for ideal data breach legislation. It’s great to have a piece of data breach legislation that we can support.

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Q & A on the USA FREEDOM Act of 2015

Members of both the House and Senate introduced new versions of the USA FREEDOM Act to end the NSA’s bulk collection of Americans’ communications records. CDT supports this bill and considers it a significant first step in broader government surveillance reform. Here is a quick Q &A on why we support the bill, what it addresses, what it doesn’t, and what is nex

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