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Coalition Letter Opposing Section 603 of Intelligence Authorization Act

We the undersigned human rights and civil liberties organizations and trade associations write to convey our significant concerns with a provision in the Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2016 (S. 1705). Section 603 of the Act would require all providers of Internet communications services to report to government authorities when they obtain “actual knowledge” of apparent “terrorist activity” on their services—a broad term that could encompass both speech and conduct.

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Survey of State Location Privacy Legislation

State Location Privacy Survey In just the last three years, state legislatures across the country have made important strides in securing privacy protections for location records generated by cell phones and other electronic devices. Those are the records that show where you are and where you have been based on communications between your mobile device and the nearest cellular tower, and other electronic location tracking techniques such as GPS. Currently, federal…

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No Special Powers for Civil Agencies Under ECPA

Under the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA) of 1986, law enforcement agencies can force service providers (such as email service providers) to turn over digital content (such as email or social networking messages) that is more than 180 days old. This outdated law creates bizarre results for the digital age: law enforcement needs a warrant to obtain physical papers in a drawer or files on a computer…

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Joint Civil Society Statement on UN Special Rapporteur Report

The undersigned civil society organizations and independent experts work to promote human rights and press freedom online. We welcome the report of the Special Rapporteur on freedom of opinion and expression on the use of encryption and anonymity in digital communication (A/HRC/29/32), which was presented at the UN Human Rights Council on June 17.

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