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CDT Joins COS-DC Members in Letter to Mayor Bowser on Privacy & Contact Tracing

As government leaders, policymakers, and technology companies continue to navigate the global coronavirus pandemic, CDT is actively monitoring the latest responses and working to ensure they are grounded in civil rights and liberties. Our policy teams aim to help leaders craft solutions that balance the unique needs of the moment, while still respecting and upholding individual human rights. Find more of our work at

CDT is a member of Community Oversight of Surveillance D.C, an effort to require transparency, meaningful public input, and D.C. Council approval for all government uses of surveillance technology. This is our local work to implement the recommendations of the national ‘Community Control Over Police Surveillance’ campaign.

We joined several members of the COS-DC coalition in writing to the D.C. Mayor and City Council urging that as the District’s COVID-19 contact tracing program is scaled up, it be governed by a number of principles spelled out in the letter in order to respect the privacy, civil rights, and civil liberties of District residents.

Read more from the letter here.