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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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Strong Encryption Wins Again, Time to End the Debate On Government Backdoors

Yesterday, the Department of Justice asked a California District Court to vacate a motion compelling Apple to draft new code that would weaken the security of its iPhone. The government’s motion is a clear affirmation that government mandated backdoors, or weaknesses in technology, are not necessary. Yet again, encryption came out on top in this debate, which is a very good thing for our personal and national security.

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Cybersecurity Insurance: Promoting Good Hygiene for "Those that Know" and "Those That Don’t Yet Know"

As the frequency and severity of cyber attacks increase, companies need to know what they should be doing to decrease their risk, as well as how they can mitigate their costs if (and when) a cyber attack occurs. Cybersecurity insurance could potentially be a way to do both, which is why the House Homeland Security Cybersecurity Subcommittee held a hearing this week to explore the market-based incentives that insurance can bring to the table when it comes to managing cyber risk. Although the prospect of cyber insurance looks promising, the nascent industry still has a long way to go.

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Senator Markey Proposes Drones Privacy-Enhancing Amendments to FAA Reauthorization Act

The Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee will mark up the Federal Aviation Administration Reauthorization Act of 2016 (S. 2658) this Wednesday (March 16th). The bill includes a number of provisions designed to accelerate commercial and government use of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) – “drones” – as well as provisions outlining UAS data privacy requirements. Senator Markey has…

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A Response to Law Enforcement Concerns with the Email Privacy Act

The Email Privacy Act, H.R. 699, is finally on its way to markup in the House Judiciary Committee. We’re in the home stretch, and we’ve waited long enough. Congress must pass, and the President must sign, the Email Privacy Act. However, some groups continue to express concern that the Act will pose too great a burden to law enforcement. One of those groups is the FBI Agents Association. We offer clear rebuttals to their concerns.

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