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Letter on proposal to reform the EU Audiovisual Media Services (AVMS) Directive

The European Parliament is currently amending the legislative proposal to reform the EU Audiovisual Media Services (AVMS) Directive. The draft report led by the Culture and Education (CULT) committee in the European Parliament contains particularly problematic proposals that would impose an obligation on ‘video-sharing platforms’ to monitor uploaded content to prevent users from being exposed to certain type of undesired content. Such an obligation would violate Article 15 of…

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Coalition Letter Supporting Email Privacy Act in 115th Congress

A coalition of civil society organizations, companies, and trade associations, wrote a letter to the House Judiciary Committee to express our support for the Email Privacy Act (H.R. 387). The Act updates the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA), the law that sets standards for government access to private internet communications, to reflect internet users’ reasonable expectations of privacy with respect to emails, texts, notes, photos, and other sensitive information stored in the cloud.

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Coalition Raises Privacy Concerns on Sessions Nomination for Attorney General

A coalition of civil liberties organizations sent a letter to the Senate Judiciary Committee expressing concerns about the privacy record of the nominee for Attorney General, Jeff Session. The coalition notes that Senator Sessions has been a leading proponent of expanding the government’s surveillance of ordinary Americans at the expense of civil rights and civil liberties.

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Testimony by Nuala O’Connor Before Oakland Privacy Advisory Comission

Nuala O’Connor President & CEO Center for Democracy & Technology Testimony Before the Oakland Privacy Advisory Commission January 5, 2017 I would like to thank the Privacy Advisory Commission, especially Brian Hofer and Deirdre Mulligan, for extending the invitation to me to be here with you today. I’m Nuala O’Connor, president and CEO of the Center for Democracy & Technology, nonpartisan, nonprofit advocacy organization dedicated to advancing individual liberty in the digital world. Prior to serving at…

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Amicus Brief Challenging 381 Overly Broad Warrants Issued to Facebook

We submitted an amicus brief along with the NYCLU, the ACLU, and the New York State Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers to the Court of Appeals of the State of New York in regards to 381 search warrants directed to Facebook in 2013, arguing that Facebook has the right to challenge the warrants on behalf of its users, and to notify its users that the government was seeking the contents of their accounts.

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Amicus Brief, Ferrer v. Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations

Section 230 of the Communications Act enables individual speakers to identify online services that will host their own First Amendment-protected speech. The Subcommittee’s invasive, burdensome inquiry into Backpage.com’s editorial practices creates an intense chilling effect, not only for Backpage but for any website operator seeking to define their own editorial viewpoint and moderation procedures for the third-party content that they host.

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