Ten states announced that they are challenging the proposed merger of T-Mobile and Sprint over concerns that the transaction would reduce competition in the wireless sector. T-Mobile and Sprint are the third and fourth largest cell phone companies in America. CDT supports this action and is hopeful the Department of Justice will come to a similar conclusion.
The Supreme Court ruled that an antitrust case against Apple can move forward, rejecting Apple’s argument that consumers were not the right plaintiffs to pursue the case. The case, Apple v. Pepper, challenges Apple’s alleged practice of requiring developers to pay a 30% fixed commission on all app purchases made through the Apple app store.
CDT led a coalition of over 100 organizations in sending a letter to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security urging it to cease any targeting of activists, journalists, and lawyers based on their First Amendment-protected speech and associational activities. The coalition demanded that DHS address alarming reports of surveillance activity by U.S. Customs and Border Protection and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement that jeopardizes First Amendment rights and access to legal counsel, and may violate the Privacy Act of 1974.
Tech Crunch: Few issues divide the tech community quite like privacy. Much of Silicon Valley’s wealth has been built on data-driven advertising platforms, and yet, there remain constant concerns about the invasiveness of those platforms. Yet with global platform usage and service sales continuing to tick up, we asked a panel of eight privacy experts: “Has anything fundamentally changed around privacy in tech in 2019? What is the state of privacy and has the outlook changed?” CDT President & CEO Nuala O’Connor responds here.
CDT’s Greg Nojeim writes in Ars Technica: In the wake of news from Reuters that a federal court in California rejected Department of Justice demands that Facebook break, bypass, or remove the encryption in its Messenger app, it’s worth noting how little we still know about such an important dispute.