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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California ECPA Coalition Looks to Modernize Email Privacy

CDT, in partnership with a diverse coalition of companies and advocacy groups, announced its support of a bill authored by California state legislators designed to enshrine strong privacy protections for electronic communications in California law. The California Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA) would create a warrant standard for electronic communications, requiring police to obtain a warrant before gathering electronic communications information from service providers.

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Proposed Rules Provide Strong Protections for the Open Internet

Today, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) previewed its proposed rules aimed at ensuring net neutrality and an open Internet. While the final Open Internet rules will not be finalized until the end of the month, the proposal previewed by FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler would reclassify broadband services under Title II and provide clear legal authority for the FCC to protect the open Internet.

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Privacy Concerns to Address if Government Expands Use of Body Cameras

CDT submitted a set of recommendations to the President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing outlining key protections for the use of body cameras. While certainly not a cure-all for police misconduct issues, we believe body cameras have strong potential to aid civilians and improve community-police relations. However, urgent calls for reform threaten to cause a hurried rollout of body cameras without proper consideration of privacy protections

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FTC Says Privacy Still Matters on “Internet of Things”

The Federal Trade Commission released its report, “Internet of Things: Privacy & Security in a Connected World” on Tuesday. The report summarizes the Commission’s November 2013 workshop and includes recommendations for how companies can design connected devices that both enhance consumers’ lives and protect their privacy. The Internet of Things (“IoT”) is changing our everyday lives and potentially for the better, provided that individual rights vis-a-vis these new technologies are secured.

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