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Coalition Urges Senators to Reject Restrictions PCLOB Purview

A broad coalition of civil society groups, companies, and trade associations sent a letter to each US Senator urging them to oppose a provision of the Senate Intelligence Authorization Act that would bar the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board (PCLOB) from considering the rights of people who are not Americans in their deliberations.

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Senate Applies the Brakes To Anti-Privacy Amendment

Today, the Senate decided not to move forward with an amendment that would have permitted the FBI to access sensitive records – like browsing history and email logs – without a court order, as is currently required. The amendment, which was offered to the Commerce Justice Science, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act for FY2017, fell two votes short of the sixty votes required to advance.

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Companies Should Do Better Than Weak NTIA “Best Practices” on Facial Recognition

Over the last two and a half years, the NTIA convened a multi-stakeholder process to develop best practices for companies using facial recognition technology. The resulting document, “Privacy Best Practice Recommendations for Commercial Facial Recognition Use,” was finalized today and lacks both guidance for businesses and protection for individuals. CDT, along with other civil society groups, withdrew from the process when it became clear that the process would not result in meaningful guidelines.

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Apple’s Big Security Upgrades Will Save You From Yourself

Wired: During this week’s WWDC keynote, Apple executives neglected to talk much about the security measures coming to MacBooks and iPhones this fall. That’s a shame, because there are lots. And they’re going to significantly alter how you interact with your Apple devices.

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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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