UK House of Commons Poised to Approve a Pernicious Surveillance Bill

The House of Commons is about to approve legislation that could make surveillance in the UK ubiquitous, and powerful surveillance authorities unaccountable. Also, by serving as a model for the rest of the world, it puts human rights at risk everywhere. This post outlines major problems with the legislation, about which CDT has submitted evidence (public comments). Yet, these make up only a small portion of the Bill’s shortcomings.

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2016-05-06 Rule 41-SQ

U.S. Supreme Court Endorses Government Hacking

Last week, the Supreme Court expanded the FBI’s ability to hack into computers located anywhere in the world, giving its stamp of approval to a controversial rule change to the obscure Rule 41 of the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure. The new authority the rule change gives to the federal government could be astoundingly dangerous. If Congress does not enact legislation to block or mitigate this rule change by its December 1st deadline, measures must be taken to ensure that law enforcement officials’ new powers are exercised responsibly and transparently.

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10 Tips for Protecting Your Digital Privacy

While many people already have their own go-to tips and tricks for protecting their privacy online, for others, identifying a pragmatic approach to digital privacy and security might seem overwhelming. To help untangle the perplexing web of online security, the Center for Democracy & Technology developed a Digital Privacy Quiz. At the end of the quiz, we give you ten tips for being more secure online. While everyone should take the quiz, consider this a cheat code

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CDT responds to European Commission consultation on IPR Enforcement: no new legislation necessary

This month, CDT submitted its response to the European Commission’s consultation on “the evaluation and modernisation of the legal framework for the enforcement of intellectual property rights (IPR)”. CDT’s response restates some of the main points we raised in the context of the “Platforms Consultation”. We argue that new enforcement legislation is not necessary. We believe the existing rules relevant to the protection of intellectual property appropriately balance between rightsholders’ interest in deriving a profit from their works and the public interest in access to information, freedom of expression, and the protection of personal data.

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CDT Supports Draft NTIA Consensus Document for Drone Operations

In order to reconcile the exciting possibilities of drone operations with privacy concerns, last year President Obama called on interested stakeholders to establish best practices for “privacy, accountability, and transparency issues” regarding UAS. Today, the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) announced that a group consisting of members of civil society (including CDT), trade groups, and companies has created a comprehensive consensus document.

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European Data Protection Authorities Chime in on Privacy Shield

The ‘Article 29 Working Party’, the body of European Data Protection Authorities (DPAs) published their eagerly awaited opinion on the EU-US Privacy Shield. In many ways, the delicate balance the DPAs strike in their analysis is consistent with expectations. Overall, the WP29 Opinion is neither a straightforward endorsement, nor a blanket rejection of the Privacy Shield.

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Anti-Crypto Bill Continues to Miss the Point

An “official” discussion draft was released but minor the fact that the new version contains only small, technical changes is concerning, and may be an indication that the crypto “debate” happening on Capitol Hill is not so much of a debate as it is a misunderstanding of what tech policy advocates are concerned about when it comes to backdoors.

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Congress Should Oppose H.R. 2666, the “No Rate Regulation of Broadband Internet Access Act”

Today, the Center for Democracy & Technology joined other consumer rights and privacy advocates in sending a letter to the leadership of the House of Representatives opposing H.R. 2666, the “No Rate Regulation of Broadband Internet Access Act.” This bill would strip the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) of authority to review certain practices of broadband providers related to their customers’ privacy. Specifically, the FCC would have no power to inquire into broadband providers’ offers of discounts or other incentives in exchange for the ability to use or disclose customers’ personal information.

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At Last: EPCA Reform Bill to Move Forward with Markup

Today, the House Judiciary Committee finally moved forward with a markup of the Manager’s Substitute to the 1986 Email Privacy Act (H.R. 699), which will amend ECPA so that, with limited exceptions, law enforcement officials will be required to obtain a warrant based on probable cause before searching and seizing data stored in the cloud. It is supported by more than 50 civil society groups, trade associations and companies big and small. CDT hopes that this vote is the beginning of a broader ECPA reform and ultimately new privacy protections for every American.

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