Civil Agencies Want More Consumer Data — Will They Keep Privacy in Mind?

It’s not surprising that civil agencies, including transportation commissions, health departments, and housing authorities, may want access to the data that service providers collect on behalf of their users. But balancing the needs of government agencies and the privacy of individuals will be vital in order to ensure that any use of such data doesn’t infringe upon individual rights.

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Tech Prom To Welcome Giovanni Buttarelli

As if FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler’s remarks at CDT’s Annual Dinner on the heels of the vote on new Open Internet rules aren’t enough of a reason to attend, we have another exciting speaker to welcome: Giovanni Buttarelli. Giovanni Buttarelli is the newly appointed European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) and he…

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VIDEO: Harley Geiger at CSM panel – “Cybersecurity legislation shouldn’t create giant backdoor wiretap”

Recently, Harley Geiger – our Advocacy Director & Senior Counsel – spoke on a panel discussion hosted by the Christian Science Monitor’s (CSM) digital privacy and security site, Passcode, and the Center for National Policy. Click through for a video clip of his comments on information sharing, data breaches, cybersecurity, and more.

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Listening to the Experts on Human Trafficking

This week, the Senate Judiciary Committee is considering two pieces of legislation that would help combat sex trafficking in the United States. As these bills enter committee markup on Thursday, it’s important that they remain focused on essential victim-centered reforms and providing law enforcement with necessary prosecution and prevention resources – not on measures that infringe on the First Amendment.

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UK Tribunal: Secret Policies on Surveillance Violate Human Rights

The UK’s Investigatory Powers Tribunal, which handles challenges to the country’s secret-surveillance programs, ruled that the intelligence agency GCHQ had violated human rights when it failed to tell the British public about the kinds of circumstances in which it could conduct warrantless mining of Internet users’ communications that had been collected by the US National Security Agency.

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Updates to Section 702 Minimization Rules Still Leave Loopholes

Recently, the Administration announced numerous changes to surveillance activities to protect privacy and civil liberties, including reforms to its Minimization Rules for Section 702, concerning retention and use of communications of or about US persons. Some of these reforms are significant improvements, but they do not adequately address ongoing problems with overbroad collection, retention, and use of information pursuant to Section 702.

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