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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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Amicus Brief, Ferrer v. Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations

Section 230 of the Communications Act enables individual speakers to identify online services that will host their own First Amendment-protected speech. The Subcommittee’s invasive, burdensome inquiry into Backpage.com’s editorial practices creates an intense chilling effect, not only for Backpage but for any website operator seeking to define their own editorial viewpoint and moderation procedures for the third-party content that they host.

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Comments to the NHTSA on Federal Automated Vehicles Policy (November 22)

CDT recognizes the tremendous societal benefits that may be derived from autonomous technologies, and we encourage NHTSA to further explore the privacy and cybersecurity impacts of AVs. Specifically, these comments focus on the Federal Automated Vehicles Policy’s Cross-Cutting Guidance with respect to: (1) data sharing; (2) privacy; (3) cybersecurity; and (4) consumer education and training.

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Coalition Calls on President Obama to Bolster Civil Liberties and Government Transparency

CDT signed onto a coalition letter with open government, privacy, and civil liberties advocates urging President Obama to take swift action before he leaves office to bolster civil liberties protections, primarily through added government transparency. For instance, the letter calls for the Justice Department to summarize for the public key Office of Legal Counsel opinions dealing with national security and civil liberties, and to publicly release foreign intelligence court decisions and inspector general reports.

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