Election Hacking Gets Real with Mueller Indictment

The ongoing investigation and resulting indictment by special counsel Robert Mueller brought new information to light about the techniques and tactics that Russian military intelligence officers used to disrupt the 2016 U.S. elections. The indictment from the Mueller investigation lays bare a coordinated campaign to compromise political campaigns and election infrastructure.

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FCC Informal Complaints Rule Change Raises Barriers to Justice

Written by CDT summer intern Alicia Loh Last Thursday, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) approved a seemingly small change to the language of its informal consumer complaints process that may have a huge practical effect on consumers. The change undermines the effectiveness of the informal complaint process, forcing consumers to use the more difficult and costly formal…

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DOJ Writes to Copyright Office: Security Research is Cool.

On June 28, the Computer Crime and Intellectual Property Section (CCIPS) of the Department of Justice voiced its support for CDT’s request that the Copyright Office expand an exemption under Section 1201 of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act that allows computer security researchers to find and repair flaws and vulnerabilities in programs without running afoul of copyright law. We hope the Office will give the CCIPS letter due consideration as it prepares its recommendations for the next round of exemptions.

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Net Neutrality: India Gets It

On Wednesday, India’s Department of Telecommunications approved the recommendations set forth by its regulatory body, which require ISPs to adhere to net neutrality principles. This represents a significant step forward for Indian internet users and companies, ensuring that ISPs will not block, throttle, or offer preferential treatment of internet traffic.

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Illinois’ Supreme Court Should Affirm that Six Flags Violated the State’s Biometric Privacy Law

There is something unique about biometric information – literally, it’s one of a kind. Illinois’ Biometric Information Privacy Act (BIPA) provides some of the strongest legal protections for biometric data in the United States, but is being challenged by Six Flags. CDT urges the Illinois Supreme Court to uphold the strong biometric privacy protections in the state’s law.

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Congress Has a Chance to Get It Right on Email Privacy

Congress has an opportunity to finally put to bed one of the longest running but seemingly least controversial issues in tech policy: what do police need to do to access private communications held by third parties? The language of the Email Privacy Act, which would address this, has been included in the House (but not the Senate) version of must pass legislation, the National Defense Authorization Act. Let’s get it done.

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It's Time for National Privacy Protections

Privacy is on a winning streak and that is good for every single internet and smartphone user, or in today’s connected world, almost everyone. With the passage of the California Consumer Privacy Act, our most populous state has taken bold action to protect the privacy rights of its residents, and now it’s time for Congress to act so all Americans enjoy these same rights.

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