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Coalition Letter Opposes Bills Aimed at Patriot Act Reauthorization

A broad coalition of spanning the political spectrum submitted a letter of opposition to separate leaked proposals from Senators Burr and Feinstein to modify surveillance laws in the wake of the Senate narrowly voting down the USA FREEDOM Act of 2015. Both proposals would extend PATRIOT Act authorities without ending domestic bulk collection or providing critical FISA Court transparency, while giving the government new powers to require private companies retain user data to aid surveillance.

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Oppose Senator Feinstein’s “FISA Reform Act of 2015”

After the US Senate narrowly voted down the USA FREEDOM Act of 2015 (H.R. 2048), Senator Feinstein introduced legislation that would also modify surveillance laws. Senator Feinstein’s bill, titled the FISA Reform Act of 2015 (S.1469), would not end NSA bulk collection, would impose a data retention mandate on private companies, and does not address the problem of secret law. The Center for Democracy & Technology urges opposition to this bill.

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CDT Motion to Intervene in Support of FCC's Open Internet Order

CDT filed a motion to intervene in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit in support of the FCC’s Open Internet Order, which adopts strong, effective rules to protect an open Internet and places those rules on a solid legal foundation. CDT joins a group of potential interveners, including edge providers and other public interest organizations, committed to ensuring that the FCC’s rules survive judicial scrutiny.

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Electronic Communications Privacy Act Primer

The Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA) of 1986 is a federal statute that specifies standards for government monitoring of cell phone conversations and Internet communications. When first written, ECPA was a forward-looking statute that provided important privacy protections to subscribers of then-emerging wireless and Internet services. However, while technology has advanced dramatically in the decades since ECPA was enacted, the statute’s privacy standards have not been updated, leaving important information without full protection. Meanwhile, the courts have been slow in extending the warrant requirement of the Constitution’s Fourth Amendment to new technologies.

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Digital Marketing Properties Must Adopt Encryption Best Practices

In the wake of Edward Snowden’s revelations, data is increasingly encrypted both in transit and at rest. On the web, HTTPS – the colloquial term for HTTP traffic encrypted with the TLS protocol – adoption has grown significantly, and there is increasing consensus that HTTPS is critical for a trusted web. In this white paper we lay out CDT’s recommendations on what properly implemented HTTPS entails.

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Comments on Exemption to Prohibition on Circumvention of Copyright Protection Systems for Access Control Technologies Under 17 U.S.C. Section 1201

CDT, along with numerous leaders from academia, submitted comments to the US Copyright Office on the exemption to prohibition on circumvention of copyright protection systems for access control technologies under 17 U.S.C. Section 1201. This document includes the comments, as well as a statement on the legal impediments to cybersecurity research.

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Everybody Dies: How to Preserve Your Digital Legacy

Now everyone has exhaustive and detailed records of our lives in our emails, chats, social media posts, and more. In the not too distant future, we may be able to upload our digital lives to black boxes that write our biographies. If you care about your digital life after death – and the sanity of those that will be tasked with managing it – you should take control of your digital destiny now. Here are our tips and resources for managing your digital estate.

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