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Illinois Supreme Court Amicus Brief on Rosenbach v. Six Flags

The Illinois Supreme Court is reconsidering a motion to dismiss granted by a state appellate court to the defendant, Six Flags of America in an important biometric privacy case. CDT asks the court to reconsider whether Six Flags’ alleged statutory violation is sufficient to grant standing both in light of the intent of the Illinois legislature in its passing BIPA, and based on what is at stake for an individual’s ability to protect their biometric data if violations such as Six Flags’ are allowed to escape uncontested.  

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Cybercrime Convention Committee – 2nd Additional Protocol to the Budapest Convention on Cybercrime Discussion Guide

CDT welcomes the opportunity to contribute the observations below in support of the ongoing preparation of a 2nd Additional Protocol to the Budapest Convention. The advance of technology means that law enforcement entities investigating a crime in one county are increasingly seeking data held by a communications service provider in another country. CDT continues to urge that human rights considerations guide cross-border data demands.

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CDT Responds to EC Public Consultation on Tackling Illegal Content Online

In October of last year, the European Commission published its Communication on tackling illegal content online. We criticised it for pushing private companies to police on government’s behalf for content that may be considered harmful or illegal. A few months later, Commission issued a Recommendation doubling down on this approach. The Commission has now conducted a public consultation aiming to ‘gather evidence and data on current practices, respondents’ experiences and organisations’ policies for tackling illegal content online’.

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Comments to CPSC on the Internet of Things and Consumer Product Hazards

CDT respectfully submits these comments in response to Consumer Product Safety Commission’s (CPSC, or the Commission) request for written comments on the Internet of Things (IoT) and consumer product hazards. While there is no doubt that the IoT presents enormous value, poorly designed and inadequately secured devices can present risks to consumers’ safety and can be exploited for costly cyber-attacks.

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CDT Comments to the U.S. State Department on Proposed Collection of Visa Applicants' Social Media Information

CDT urges the State Department to withdraw the agency’s proposed information collection under Public Notices 10260 and 10261. The proposal asks all immigrant and nonimmigrant visa applicants to provide social media identifiers, and email addresses used in the past five years, among other information. This astronomical collection would have an immediate impact on 14.7 million visa applicants, and thousands, if not millions, more third parties whose data could be collaterally reviewed.

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CDT 2017 Annual Report

CDT’S 2017 ANNUAL REPORT: CDT continues to be a staunch advocate for freedom of expression, net neutrality, the privacy rights of every consumer, and the right of citizens to live free of constant government surveillance. The year ahead will unquestionably pose challenges to all of these fundamental rights, but thanks to the generous support of individuals, foundations, and businesses alike, CDT will be there as an ardent advocate for your digital rights.

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