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National Security Experts Letter Supporting Secure Elections Act

On February 20, 2018, twenty-one experts in national security delivered a letter to Senate leadership in support of the balanced approach the Secure Elections Act (S. 2261) takes in shoring up election cybersecurity. With precious little time and attention on cybersecurity issues in our democratic infrastructure, the letter argues that now is the time to pass into law measures that would require a paper trail, increasingly better audits of those records, provide funding to states to improve cybersecurity, and a structure for finding and fixing flaws in these systems.

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Comments to NTIA Promoting Stakeholder Action Against Botnets and Other Automated Threats

CDT appreciates this opportunity to comment on the Department of Commerce’s draft Report on enhance resilience against botnets and other automated, distributed threats. We have previously provided comments to the NTIA in July on botnets, as well as in response to the Department’s “Internet of Things” (IoT) green paper. We additionally participated in the NTIA summer convening and briefed the National Security Telecommunications Advisory Committee. Generally, we commend the agencies…

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Open Letter to European Commission – Urgent Consideration of Tackling Illegal Content Approach

It has come to our attention that the European Commission plans to issue a set of recommendations on Notice and Action by the end of February 2018; going against their initial plans. We urge the Commission to uphold its promise to continue dialogues and exchanges with stakeholders on how best to tackle illegal content online. The lack of a structured, targeted and multi-stakeholder dialogue would inevitably be detrimental to maintaining a sturdy e-Commerce framework for the EU”.

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FOIA Request for ICE on Commercial License Plate Reader Database

The United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency recently issued a contract request for query-based access to a commercial license plate reader database. We filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request with ICE seeking information on the contract, as well as any internal training materials, policy memos, and documents related to how ICE agents plan to use the commercial database and LPR data.

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Open Letter in Light of the Competitiveness Council on 30 November 2017

On 30 November, CDT joined over 80 organisations in signing an open letter on the EU copyright reform addressed to the Ministers attending the Competitiveness Council (COMPET), as well as to relevant representatives of other EU institutions. In one sentence, we voice our persisting concerns over the current state of affairs of the discussions in the Council and European Commission on the proposal for a Copyright in the Digital Single Market (DSM) Directive. In an Annex, the letter refers to 29 letters and analyses carried out by various European stakeholders and experts, which highlight the negative impact of the current proposal, particularly in Articles 13 (monitoring and filtering of user uploads), 11 (press publishers’ rights) and 3 (text and data mining exception). 

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