CDT is excited to welcome Eric W. Muhlheim, Chief Financial Officer of OpenX Technologies, Inc., to its Advisory Council. The Advisory Council aims to bring new insight and expertise to CDT’s tech and internet policy advocacy work. Its members come from diverse fields and backgrounds, and all share a commitment to advancing digital rights worldwide.
Today, Senators Hatch, Graham, Whitehouse, and Coons introduced a bill that would significantly amend ECPA. The Center for Democracy & Technology supports ECPA reform, but does not believe the CLOUD Act does enough to protect the privacy of internet users.
In a blow to Americans’ Fourth Amendment rights, the U.S. House of Representatives voted this morning to renew the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) for another six years. The bill passed today makes practically no meaningful reform to current surveillance law, which allows the government to conduct “backdoor searches” under Section 702 that target Americans’ communications.
Apple’s most recent release, iOS 11.3 beta, includes a major addition to the Apple Health app: a Health Records feature that lets customers pull up their medical records on their phones whenever they want. Per the press release from Apple, the data will be encrypted and protected via the passcode on your phone. But Michelle De Mooy tells SELF that even with these measures, it’s “not possible” for Apple (or any company) to mitigate every security risk that accompanies this kind of data storage.
ProPublica: “It blows my mind — this is complete operational security incompetence,” said Joe Hall, the chief technologist for the Center for Democracy & Technology, an organization that promotes internet freedom. “You should consider all of that stuff in the hands of people who are clever enough to intercept someone’s email.”
Yahoo! News: In an Oct. 10 speech at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland., Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein made a case to step back from what the tech industry generally sees as an advance in security: “warrant-proof” encryption on devices that even court-authorized investigators can’t unlock. But granting that seemingly innocuous request could start to carve giant holes into your phone’s security.