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House Votes to Strip Privacy Protections from Broadband Users

Echoing the Senate vote last week, today the United States House of Representatives voted to permanently strip Americans of common sense privacy and security protections for some of their most sensitive personal information. In a 215-205 vote, the House approved a Congressional Review Act (CRA) measure to reverse the Federal Communications Commission (FCC)’s broadband privacy rules. The measure also prevents the FCC from passing substantially similar rules to protect broadband customers’ privacy in the future.

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Senate Votes to Strip Privacy Protections from Broadband Users

Today the Senate voted to permanently strip Americans of privacy and security protections for some of their most sensitive personal information. In a 50–48 vote, the Senate approved a Congressional Review Act (CRA) measure to reverse the Federal Communications Commission (FCC)’s common-sense broadband privacy rules. The measure also prevents the FCC from passing substantially similar rules to protect broadband customers’ privacy in the future.

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CDT to Honor Teen Vogue with Annual Digital Visionary Award

In 2016, Teen Vogue became a leading voice for youth activism and civic engagement, while shifting to a digital-first format. CDT will honor Teen Vogue’s leadership team with its Digital Visionary Award at its 2017 Annual Dinner, Tech Prom, on April 20.

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Who Is Responsible for Stopping Live-Streamed Crimes?

NBC: Social media companies can do better by clearly highlighting “report abuse” buttons and by training their employees very clearly on a protocol when things like crimes are flagged, said Emma Llansó, director of the Free Expression project at the Center for Democracy and Technology. But that system only works if users use those functions and actually flag, she said.

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Privacy rights at border draw scrutiny under Trump immigration crackdown

CNN: “The government does a really good job for obvious reasons of identifying you at the border,” CDT VP of Policy Chris Calabrese said. “So if they take that opportunity to link that information and link it to your social media information … that’s something that could allow them to surveil you after you leave the border.”

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'Give Us Your Passwords'

The Atlantic: “What sites do you visit? And give us your passwords.” That’s what U.S. Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly wants foreign visitors to hear before they’re allowed to enter the United States. The suggestion was met with horror among privacy advocates.

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