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Privacy and Civil Liberties Protections at Heart of NTIA Best Practices for Drones

The National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) shared a consensus set of voluntary best practices for for commercial and private use of unmanned aircraft systems or drones. The Center for Democracy & Technology (CDT) participated in the multistakeholder process that resulted in the guidelines, which reflect input from civil society organizations, industry, and government entities.

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CDT and Fitbit Develop Guidelines for Privacy and Research for Wearables Industry

In a first of its kind partnership with a wearables company, Fitbit (NYSE: FIT) invited the Center for Democracy & Technology (CDT), a leading advocacy group dedicated to protecting global online civil liberties, into its research labs to explore how privacy and ethics come into play in the research and development (R&D) process. The result of this collaboration is a report that offers guidance on privacy-protective and ethical internal research procedures for wearable technology companies.

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Narrow Supreme Court Ruling in Spokeo Case Leaves Many Questions

The US Supreme Court ruled narrowly today in Spokeo v. Robins 6-2 in favor of Spokeo — a potential setback for the privacy rights of all internet users. The case addressed whether Thomas Robins has standing to sue Spokeo under the Fair Credit Reporting Act for returning inaccurate information about him through Spokeo’s “people search engine.”

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The Senate's Draft Encryption Bill Is 'Ludicrous, Dangerous, Technically Illiterate'

Wired: On Thursday evening, Senators Richard Burr and Diane Feinstein released the draft text of what they’ve called the “Compliance with Court Orders Act of 2016,” which would require people to comply with any authorized court order for data. And if that data were “unintelligible,” the law demands that it be rendered “intelligible.” “This basically outlaws end-to-end encryption,” says Joseph Lorenzo Hall, chief technologist at the Center for Democracy and Technology. “It’s effectively the most anti-crypto bill of all anti-crypto bills.”

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Poor timing, scrambled strategy mar Feds' fight with Apple

Politico: “I don’t think the issue is going away, but I do think that these disclosures weaken the FBI’s call for mandated backdoors and strengthen the arguments of those who have said there are alternatives to those backdoors,” said Greg Nojeim, director of the Freedom, Security and Technology Project at the Center for Democracy and Technology. “The FBI’s claims that it can’t get in without provider assistance will be looked at more skeptically,” he said.

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