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Terrorist Content Regulation: MEPs Should Support IMCO and CULT Committees Proposals

The European Parliament is progressing its work on the draft Regulation to prevent the dissemination of terrorist content online. It is unfortunate that the Commission has issued its proposal with such time pressure. At this stage, we encourage MEPs to support the proposals made by the IMCO and CULT leaders on the core issues we discuss in this post.

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Doing the wrong thing for the wrong reasons: Article 13 replaces safe harbors with upload filters, which won’t help artists but will hurt the internet

Parts of the music and movie industry convinced European regulators that there is a “value gap” created by some online services. Although several methods of closing the purported gap were proposed, the worst possible solution, in the form of a copyright reform package, survived and is now close to finalization in the trilogue procedure. As part of a larger renovation of EU copyright policies, Article 13 takes aim at some legal safe harbors internet companies depend on at a fundamental level and imposes obligations, such as automated content filtering, that would change the nature of services that profit from user-uploaded content.

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Techsplanations: Travel Tech

Over this holiday season, many of us are traveling to visit family and loved ones. To help you take control of your online data as part of your 2019 New Year’s resolutions, we have compiled a “naughty and nice” list featuring privacy and security enhancing steps that CDT staff rely upon during their travels.

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CBP’s Border Searches Struggle to Comply with Constitution and Agency Policy

An Inspector General audit of Custom and Border Protection’s controversial border searches of electronic devices revealed that the agency overwhelmingly struggles to conduct searches that comport with the Constitution and agency protocol. In 2019, CDT will encourage Congress to take an active role on this issue and will encourage the passage of legislation protecting the privacy of all travelers at the border as well as the inclusion of further transparency requirements.

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