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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Re:Create Coalition to Advocate for Balanced Copyright Law

CDT joins other non-profit advocacy organizations and trade associations in launching the Re:Create Coalition. Re:Create represents an effort to simplify and balance copyright law and policy, identifying what works well and what doesn’t. Through the coalition, CDT hopes to advance conversations about copyright beyond false dichotomies that needlessly pit creators of copyrighted works against consumers and innovators.

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Changes to Short-Term Rental Laws Must Include Privacy and Free Speech Protections

This week, the California Senate and the City of San Francisco are contemplating changes to the laws governing short-term rentals, which allow for individuals to host guests in their homes, using platforms like Airbnb and VRBO. We have serious concerns about the implications of these proposals, specifically on how they will affect individual privacy, security, and free speech.

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