Today, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) circulated a fact sheet describing a modified Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that would extend robust privacy protections to broadband internet customers. This proposal promises to give consumers meaningful control over how their information is used and shared by broadband providers. CDT has long expressed support for strong customer controls over personal information.
The Center for Democracy & Technology (CDT) has added three new members to its Board of Directors: former FTC Commissioner and privacy attorney Julie Brill, computer scientist and cybersecurity expert Carl Landwehr, and communications strategist and telecommunications lawyer Mark Seifert. All three were unanimously approved by CDT’s current Board members.
Today, the European Commission released its much anticipated legislation for copyright reforms in the EU as part of the Digital Single Market strategy. As previously leaked drafts suggested, the proposals contain major flaws and represent a significant step backwards. CDT has advocated for a progressive, innovation-friendly, and flexible copyright regime in the EU. This is not what the Commission is proposing today.
CIO: As long as you’re of legal age, visiting adult websites should be your own business. The reality is, however, very few adult sites offer high levels of security, and if someone snoops on your browsing habits they can see the pages you visit, the content you download, and the specific terms you search for.
Wired: Today, the FSC and the Center for Democracy and Technology embark on a quest to make pornographic sites safer to browse. Together, they hope to bring the encryption protocol HTTPS to online porn, securing an incalculably large portion of the web along with it. The initial goal of the FSC and CDT partnership isn’t to force HTTPS on porn sites but to educate them as to its importance, and help with the transition.
Los Angeles Times, column by Michael Hiltzik: The goal of true Internet freedom, the online community recognizes, is served by governments having “a say but not a veto or control,” says Chris Calabrese of the Washington-based Center for Democracy and Technology. That means decoupling ICANN from the U.S. government.