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Court Rules That Opened Email Retains Privacy Protections

The Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in Hately v. Watts that opening an email message does not strip the message of privacy protections imposed by Congress in the 1986 Electronic Communications Privacy Act. “This is an important victory for privacy. A contrary ruling would have meant that spam emails nobody opens are better protected from government access than sensitive, personal messages you open and save,” said Greg Nojeim, Director of the CDT Freedom, Security and Technology Project.

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CDT Joins Over 40 Organizations Calling on Congress to Address Data-Driven Discrimination

CDT joined 42 other civil society organizations in a letter to Congress calling on legislators to protect civil rights, equity, and equal opportunity in the digital ecosystem. As members of Congress continue to hold hearings and introduce legislation on digital privacy, they must address the data security and privacy abuses that disproportionately harm marginalized communities.

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Has the fight over privacy changed at all in 2019?

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.

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FBI vs. Facebook Messenger: What’s at stake?

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.

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