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Overreaching Judicial Order Blocks WhatsApp in Brazil

Today, a judge in Brazil issued an order to immediately and indefinitely block access to the popular WhatsApp end-to-end encrypted messaging service in Brazil. For each day that it does not comply with the judicial order, WhatsApp faces fines of 50,000 reais (about $15,300). It is judicial overreach and a violation of free expression rights to deprive Brazilians of their preferred communications channel, and CDT applauds WhatsApp for continuing to provide a secure means of communication to its billions of users worldwide.

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Court Hands Microsoft Major Win, Rules US Warrants Don’t Reach Data Outside the Country

In a unanimous decision, the Second US Circuit Court of Appeals handed Microsoft a complete victory in its challenge to the US government’s demand that Microsoft turn over emails stored in Ireland. The Court of Appeals held that a US warrant does not reach data stored outside of the United States. CDT filed an amicus brief in support of Microsoft in the case and the ruling tracks closely with CDT’s arguments.

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Realizing the potential of drones, yet preserving our privacy

CDT’s Nuala O’Connor and AUVSI’s Brian Wynne in TechCrunch: Drones, much like smartphones and tablets before them, have the potential to revolutionize our lives in many ways. However, as with any new technology, some people have concerns. In the case of drone technology, one we hear often is the possible invasion of privacy. That’s why stakeholders from the UAS industry, civil liberties organizations and government agencies have been working together to help facilitate the safe, responsible and ethical use of drones, while still supporting the growth and development of this cutting-edge technology.

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There's a new way to make strong passwords, and it's way easier

Washington Post: A new standard is emerging for passwords, backed by a growing number of businesses and government agencies — the new direction is one that champions less complexity in favor of length. Said CDT Chief Technologist Joe Hall, “This is part of a big push to make things more usable for humans.”

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How Phones Can Help Predict Thunderstorms

Atlantic: In the last five years, however, the number of pressure sensors in the world has exploded because smartphone manufacturers have started putting them in their phones, mainly to help determine a device’s altitude for location tracking. “Altitude is potentially as sensitive as other geolocation information, which is highly sensitive,” said Joseph Lorenzo Hall, chief technologist at CDT.

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