JURI Committee Report on Limitations and Exceptions Points Toward Progress on Copyright in Europe

The European Commission, Council, and Parliament have all identified the creation of a “digital single market” (DSM) for Europe as one of their shared top priorities. A refreshingly distinct view of a unitary copyright system for Europe arrived last week when the European Parliament’s Committee on Legal Affairs (JURI) voted to adopt a report on “the harmonization of certain aspects of copyright and related rights in the information society.”

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Introducing CDT’s Podcast: Tech Talk, Ep. 1

Yes, after numerous requests (I swear!), CDT is launching its own podcast, Tech Talk. Each week, Tech Talk will feature two segments on important, interesting, unique, and sometimes disturbing trends in the tech and internet policy space. We’ll go beyond headlines, while not going too deep into the weeds or getting lost in the labyrinth of acronyms that so often overtakes productive conversation.

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Why the OPM Data Breach is Unlike Any Other

The scope of the recent hack of the Office of Personnel Management, in which the records of millions of current and former federal employees were breached, is exponentially greater than the many other recent headline-generating breaches in the private sector. This breach not only impacts government employees but countless of their partners, associates, and confidantes, and the stolen information includes some of the most intimate personal details about the individuals affected. It also raises real questions about the government’s ability to safeguard the data in its possession.

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UN Report: Encryption and Anonymity Tools Essential to Free Expression Online

“Encryption and anonymity provide individuals and groups with a zone of privacy online to hold opinions and exercise freedom of expression without arbitrary and unlawful interference or attacks.” This is the message that the UN Special Rapporteur on the freedom of opinion and expression, David Kaye, delivered to the UN Human Rights Council today.

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CDT Withdraws from the NTIA Facial Recognition Process

CDT and several other consumer advocacy organizations have participated in the National Telecommunications and Information Administration’s (NTIA) multistakeholder process to design a code of conduct for the use of facial recognition technology. Today, those consumer groups have announced that we are withdrawing from this process because we do not believe that it is likely to lead to sufficient consumer safeguards for facial recognition technology.

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Revised DOTCOM Act Highlights Importance of Community Empowerment

Last week, the Communications and Technology Subcommittee of the House Energy and Commerce Committee amended the DOTCOM Act, a bill which, in earlier drafts, would have halted the IANA functions transition process for up to a year pending US Congressional approval. The new bill reflects a much deeper understanding of, and confidence in, the significant amount of work that the global multistakeholder community has undertaken in planning both for the transition of IANA functions oversight and for the increased accountability of ICANN.

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CDT’s Greg Nojeim Honored by American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee

There are few civil liberties advocates that are more passionate or effective than Greg Nojeim. In his time at CDT, his tireless work has helped rein in overly intrusive government surveillance, enhance privacy protections online, and make government surveillance a human rights issue globally. CDT and all of those who work with Greg know what an incredible leader he is, and we are thrilled that the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC) is honoring him with their Ralph Johns Award. He will receive the award tomorrow night at their annual gala.

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Regaining Our Right to Live Freely and Be Left Alone

After weeks of political grandstanding, brash rhetoric, and failed power plays, one of the of the National Security Agency’s most egregious mass surveillance authorities is no more. This is a monumental victory for every American who values their privacy and freedom. While it was easy to get distracted by the posturing that took place in Congress, that’s the real meaning of this reform: our personal thoughts and expressions will not be swept up in a mass dragnet on the off chance they might be useful.

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