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VIDEO: Harley Geiger at CSM panel – “Cybersecurity legislation shouldn’t create giant backdoor wiretap”

Recently, Harley Geiger – our Advocacy Director & Senior Counsel – spoke on a panel discussion hosted by the Christian Science Monitor’s (CSM) digital privacy and security site, Passcode, and the Center for National Policy. Click through for a video clip of his comments on information sharing, data breaches, cybersecurity, and more.

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CDT Launching Common Ground Data Breach Forum

CDT and law firm Jones Day brought together key industry, government and non-profit leaders at a reception on the hot issue of data breach policies and legislation. At the event, we announced the launch of our new multi-stakeholder effort dedicated to identifying innovative solutions to major data breach questions, the Common Ground Data Breach Forum.

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UK Tribunal: Secret Policies on Surveillance Violate Human Rights

The UK’s Investigatory Powers Tribunal, which handles challenges to the country’s secret-surveillance programs, ruled that the intelligence agency GCHQ had violated human rights when it failed to tell the British public about the kinds of circumstances in which it could conduct warrantless mining of Internet users’ communications that had been collected by the US National Security Agency.

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Updates to Section 702 Minimization Rules Still Leave Loopholes

Recently, the Administration announced numerous changes to surveillance activities to protect privacy and civil liberties, including reforms to its Minimization Rules for Section 702, concerning retention and use of communications of or about US persons. Some of these reforms are significant improvements, but they do not adequately address ongoing problems with overbroad collection, retention, and use of information pursuant to Section 702.

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California ECPA Coalition Looks to Modernize Email Privacy

CDT, in partnership with a diverse coalition of companies and advocacy groups, announced its support of a bill authored by California state legislators designed to enshrine strong privacy protections for electronic communications in California law. The California Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA) would create a warrant standard for electronic communications, requiring police to obtain a warrant before gathering electronic communications information from service providers.

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Privacy Concerns to Address if Government Expands Use of Body Cameras

CDT submitted a set of recommendations to the President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing outlining key protections for the use of body cameras. While certainly not a cure-all for police misconduct issues, we believe body cameras have strong potential to aid civilians and improve community-police relations. However, urgent calls for reform threaten to cause a hurried rollout of body cameras without proper consideration of privacy protections

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Data Privacy Day: A Reminder of the Need to Update ECPA

For years CDT has been leading the charge to update ECPA, the law that governs how police and government can access to our personal communications like emails and photos. We’ve consistently argued that these types of private communications should only be accessible with a warrant based on probable cause – the same standard used to search your postal mail or your home. Today, Data Privacy Day, is a good day to talk about why.

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Does the White House Cybersecurity Proposal Provide the Protections We Need?

Earlier this week the White House released a legislative proposal aimed at enhancing cybersecurity by authorizing new information sharing between the private sector and the government. The White House proposal contains important privacy protections not present in CISPA and CISA – bills which ignored the public outcry for reform of NSA surveillance over Americans. However, the White House proposal relies heavily on privacy guidelines and use restrictions that are currently unwritten, leaving unanswered questions about their effectiveness.

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