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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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CDT Amicus Curiae Brief in People v. Charter Communications and Spectrum Management Holding Company

CDT filed a brief supporting the New York AG’s position in the pending appeal of People v. Charter Communications and Spectrum Management Holding Company, in which we focused on two issues: that the Federal Communications Commission’s Transparency Rule (the only rule slated to survive the net neutrality repeal) should not preempt New York’s consumer protection laws and that consumers are right to expect their broadband speeds to match advertised claims.

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Open Letter to Rapporteur Axel Voss on EU Copyright Reform

On 24 April, CDT joined over 50 organisations in an open letter addressed to rapporteur and MEP Axel Voss on the EU copyright reform. The letter focuses on the concerns surrounding the European Commission’s proposal for a neighbouring right for press publishers under Article 11 of the Copyright in the Digital Single Market Directive. We call on Mr Voss to delete Article 11 and instead consider proposing a legal presumption.

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Over 145 Organizations Ask Council to Adopt More Cautious and Evidence-Based Approach

On 26 April 2018, over 145 organisations sent an open letter on the EU copyright reform to the EU Member State Ambassadors and Deputy Ambassadors. The letter raises many concerns ahead of the meeting of the COREPER on 27 April, in which the Bulgarian Council Presidency wants EU Member States to endorse their latest copyright proposal. The letter emphasizes that there are still many legal uncertainties and potential unintended consequences of the proposals, which overall require a more cautious decision-making process. 

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Memorandum on Human Rights Criteria for Cross-Border Demands

CDT has articulated human rights criteria for cross-border demands for Internet users’ communications content. CDT released those criteria on the eve of the European Commission’s scheduled release of the E-Evidence initiative. They had been conveyed to the Commission in prior commentary by CDT and other civil society groups. We articulate the legal support for these criteria that is drawn from decisions of the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR), the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU), and others.

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