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The Legal, Policy, and Technical Landscape Around Data Deletion

In this paper, we argue that companies should reconsider their concept of deletion and implement sound technical and policy processes to formalize their practices. We believe there comes a point when the value of data has been extracted and the costs (both operational costs and potential for liability) of retaining data outweigh the potential benefits of keeping it.

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Concerns on the European Commission's Proposal for a Directive on Copyright in the Digital Single Market

The Center for Democracy and Technology (CDT) continues to advocate for a progressive, innovation-friendly, and flexible copyright regime in the EU. CDT has advanced these arguments for several years in response to European Commission consultations on copyright, ancillary rights, notice-and-action, and enforcement. However, the European Commission’s proposal for a Directive on Copyright in the DSM does not deliver on these objectives.

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Comments to US Copyright Office on Section 512 of DMCA

CDT and the R Street Institute responded to the US Copyright Office’s extensive inquiry into the impact and effectiveness of the safe harbor provisions of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA). The organizations believe that the Internet could not have become what it is today without the immunity provided by section 230 of the Communications Act and the limitations on liability in section 512 of the DMCA.

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Section 702: What It Is & How It Works

Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) is a statute that authorizes the collection, use, and dissemination of electronic communications content stored by U.S. internet service providers (such as Google, Facebook, and Microsoft) or traveling across the internet’s “backbone” (with the compelled assistance of U.S. telecom providers such as AT&T and Verizon). Section 702 sunsets on December 31, 2017.

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Letter on proposal to reform the EU Audiovisual Media Services (AVMS) Directive

The European Parliament is currently amending the legislative proposal to reform the EU Audiovisual Media Services (AVMS) Directive. The draft report led by the Culture and Education (CULT) committee in the European Parliament contains particularly problematic proposals that would impose an obligation on ‘video-sharing platforms’ to monitor uploaded content to prevent users from being exposed to certain type of undesired content. Such an obligation would violate Article 15 of…

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Coalition Letter Supporting Email Privacy Act in 115th Congress

A coalition of civil society organizations, companies, and trade associations, wrote a letter to the House Judiciary Committee to express our support for the Email Privacy Act (H.R. 387). The Act updates the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA), the law that sets standards for government access to private internet communications, to reflect internet users’ reasonable expectations of privacy with respect to emails, texts, notes, photos, and other sensitive information stored in the cloud.

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Coalition Raises Privacy Concerns on Sessions Nomination for Attorney General

A coalition of civil liberties organizations sent a letter to the Senate Judiciary Committee expressing concerns about the privacy record of the nominee for Attorney General, Jeff Session. The coalition notes that Senator Sessions has been a leading proponent of expanding the government’s surveillance of ordinary Americans at the expense of civil rights and civil liberties.

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Testimony by Nuala O’Connor Before Oakland Privacy Advisory Comission

Nuala O’Connor President & CEO Center for Democracy & Technology Testimony Before the Oakland Privacy Advisory Commission January 5, 2017 I would like to thank the Privacy Advisory Commission, especially Brian Hofer and Deirdre Mulligan, for extending the invitation to me to be here with you today. I’m Nuala O’Connor, president and CEO of the Center for Democracy & Technology, nonpartisan, nonprofit advocacy organization dedicated to advancing individual liberty in the digital world. Prior to serving at…

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