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Moving Forward On Our Shared Democratic Values

It is a time of uncertainty and anxiety around the world. The feeling of disorder is true even for those who celebrated the recent inauguration and those who marched to promote women’s rights or other important issues. With all this uncertainty, Nuala O’Connor reflects on the core principles that ground our advocacy work at CDT to help inform our course of action as we face new challenges.

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Frequently Asked Questions: The FCC’s Broadband Privacy Rule

In October 2016, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) adopted rules giving internet users control over how broadband providers use and share their personal information. Groups representing telecommunications companies have petitioned the FCC to weaken or rescind the rules and have asked Congress to roll them back. Rolling back the broadband privacy rules would put consumers at the mercy of the companies they rely on for internet service, without any clear privacy protections for the sensitive personal information those companies have access to. This FAQ is meant to inform internet users, policy makers, and the media about the basics of the FCC’s broadband privacy rule, why it’s under attack, and why it must be preserved.

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Sessions vs. Crypto: AG Nominee Supports Backdoors

This week, Senators will vote on the nomination of Jeff Sessions to lead the Department of Justice as Attorney General. But Senator Sessions’s response to a written question about encryption should give his colleagues great pause: Senator Leahy: Do you agree with NSA Director Rogers, Secretary Defense Carter, and other national security experts that strong encryption helps…

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President Trump Should Continue Justice Scalia’s First & Fourth Amendment Legacy

The Supreme Court has been short one justice for nearly a year, and President Trump is expected to announce a nominee for the vacant seat this week. While we do not yet know who that nominee will be, the President has repeatedly promised to fill the vacancy with a justice “very much” like the late Justice Antonin Scalia. While…

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Global Dignity Falls with the Stroke of a Pen

With the stroke of a pen, the new Administration has erased an important principle — the extension of Privacy Act coverage to non-U.S. persons for data about them held by the federal government. This means that both U.S. and non-U.S. persons could request to see the information DHS held on them, such as details from an immigration application, details of a citizen’s comings and goings from the country, and interactions with the government. The message this action sends is clear: people who don’t hold a U.S. passport or current green card are not entitled to the same dignity as those of us who do.

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The Beginning of the End of Sharing Banking Credentials

JPMorgan Chase and Intuit announced that they’ve agreed to a new model on bank login credentials and third-party access. It’s one that not only vastly improves the privacy and security of relationships between banks and third-party financial tools, but also improves how these kinds of apps work. The new process will eliminate cumbersome user interfaces for detailed account access information and will put more choice and control into the hands of consumers.

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