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Illinois Bill Repealing Biometric Protections is an Unnecessary Privacy Loss

Biometric information — data that pertains to an individual’s biological characteristics, like facial recognition patterns, DNA, fingerprints, and iris scans — is some of the most sensitive data about each of us, in part because it is generally immutable. You can get a new email address, but getting a new genome is a lot harder. It’s for these reasons that we’ve consistently argued for limited collection of biometric information, and strong protections for its use and retention. Illinois, which has one of the the country’s strongest state biometric privacy laws on the books, may soon significantly weaken its protections. We hope the Illinois Legislature doesn’t take such a misguided step.

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The British are Campaigning for a Digital Bill of Rights

This past week saw the launch of a cross-party campaign with the ambitious aim of crowdsourcing a Digital Bill of Rights for the UK. The ‘Peoples Charter of Digital Liberties’, as the bill is to be known, is intended to be completed in time for the next session of Parliament. It is likely to propose new rights, extensions of existing rights, and new ways of protecting existing rights online.

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UK House of Commons Poised to Approve a Pernicious Surveillance Bill

The House of Commons is about to approve legislation that could make surveillance in the UK ubiquitous, and powerful surveillance authorities unaccountable. Also, by serving as a model for the rest of the world, it puts human rights at risk everywhere. This post outlines major problems with the legislation, about which CDT has submitted evidence (public comments). Yet, these make up only a small portion of the Bill’s shortcomings.

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U.S. Supreme Court Endorses Government Hacking

Last week, the Supreme Court expanded the FBI’s ability to hack into computers located anywhere in the world, giving its stamp of approval to a controversial rule change to the obscure Rule 41 of the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure. The new authority the rule change gives to the federal government could be astoundingly dangerous. If Congress does not enact legislation to block or mitigate this rule change by its December 1st deadline, measures must be taken to ensure that law enforcement officials’ new powers are exercised responsibly and transparently.

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10 Tips for Protecting Your Digital Privacy

While many people already have their own go-to tips and tricks for protecting their privacy online, for others, identifying a pragmatic approach to digital privacy and security might seem overwhelming. To help untangle the perplexing web of online security, the Center for Democracy & Technology developed a Digital Privacy Quiz. At the end of the quiz, we give you ten tips for being more secure online. While everyone should take the quiz, consider this a cheat code

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CDT Supports Draft NTIA Consensus Document for Drone Operations

In order to reconcile the exciting possibilities of drone operations with privacy concerns, last year President Obama called on interested stakeholders to establish best practices for “privacy, accountability, and transparency issues” regarding UAS. Today, the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) announced that a group consisting of members of civil society (including CDT), trade groups, and companies has created a comprehensive consensus document.

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At Last: EPCA Reform Bill to Move Forward with Markup

Today, the House Judiciary Committee finally moved forward with a markup of the Manager’s Substitute to the 1986 Email Privacy Act (H.R. 699), which will amend ECPA so that, with limited exceptions, law enforcement officials will be required to obtain a warrant based on probable cause before searching and seizing data stored in the cloud. It is supported by more than 50 civil society groups, trade associations and companies big and small. CDT hopes that this vote is the beginning of a broader ECPA reform and ultimately new privacy protections for every American.

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What’s Next in the Apple/FBI Debate: All Eyes Turn to New York

The end of the Apple/FBI case in California is a win for cybersecurity and privacy – but a temporary one. It’s only a matter of time before another judge considers whether or not the All Writs Act can be used to force Apple or another company to weaken the security of their devices. In fact, less than a month ago, a New York magistrate judge faced a similar legal question; his answer was an emphatic “no.” Here’s what you need to know about what the decision says and what it could mean for the potentially hundreds of other cases that will follow it.

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