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The List-Building Has Begun: How the Tech Sector Should Respond

In a digital age of fluid boundaries between the individual, company, and state, it is imperative that companies defend the rights of their individual customers and take steps — whether in technology design or in institutional policy — to limit disclosure of personal data to the government. The list-building has begun, but companies must not become willing partners.

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Tech Talk: An Executive Order Strips Privacy Rights & Who Do You Control Your Health Data?

CDT’s Tech Talk is a podcast where we dish on tech and Internet policy, while also explaining what these policies mean to our daily lives. In this episode, we address how an executive order from the White House is a blow to global privacy rights, and we hear from the author of Our Bodies, Our Data about the huge market for personal health data.

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Moving Forward On Our Shared Democratic Values

It is a time of uncertainty and anxiety around the world. The feeling of disorder is true even for those who celebrated the recent inauguration and those who marched to promote women’s rights or other important issues. With all this uncertainty, Nuala O’Connor reflects on the core principles that ground our advocacy work at CDT to help inform our course of action as we face new challenges.

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Frequently Asked Questions: The FCC’s Broadband Privacy Rule

In October 2016, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) adopted rules giving internet users control over how broadband providers use and share their personal information. Groups representing telecommunications companies have petitioned the FCC to weaken or rescind the rules and have asked Congress to roll them back. Rolling back the broadband privacy rules would put consumers at the mercy of the companies they rely on for internet service, without any clear privacy protections for the sensitive personal information those companies have access to. This FAQ is meant to inform internet users, policy makers, and the media about the basics of the FCC’s broadband privacy rule, why it’s under attack, and why it must be preserved.

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Sessions vs. Crypto: AG Nominee Supports Backdoors

This week, Senators will vote on the nomination of Jeff Sessions to lead the Department of Justice as Attorney General. But Senator Sessions’s response to a written question about encryption should give his colleagues great pause: Senator Leahy: Do you agree with NSA Director Rogers, Secretary Defense Carter, and other national security experts that strong encryption helps…

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President Trump Should Continue Justice Scalia’s First & Fourth Amendment Legacy

The Supreme Court has been short one justice for nearly a year, and President Trump is expected to announce a nominee for the vacant seat this week. While we do not yet know who that nominee will be, the President has repeatedly promised to fill the vacancy with a justice “very much” like the late Justice Antonin Scalia. While…

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The Beginning of the End of Sharing Banking Credentials

JPMorgan Chase and Intuit announced that they’ve agreed to a new model on bank login credentials and third-party access. It’s one that not only vastly improves the privacy and security of relationships between banks and third-party financial tools, but also improves how these kinds of apps work. The new process will eliminate cumbersome user interfaces for detailed account access information and will put more choice and control into the hands of consumers.

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European Commission Strategy on Criminal Justice in Cyberspace Can Move the Debate Forward

As part of the European Agenda on Security, the European Commission committed to addressing, among many other things, the challenges law enforcement authorities face when obtaining digital evidence for cross-border criminal investigations. The Council of Europe’s Cybercrime Convention Committee’s progress report provides new and very relevant data that can help inform the efforts towards workable solutions

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Sessions on Surveillance: Confirmation Hearing Confirms Concerns

The Senate will soon vote on President-elect Trump’s nominee for U.S. Attorney General, Senator Jeff Sessions. CDT and 14 other organizations sent a letter to the Senate Judiciary Committee raising serious concerns about Sessions’ record on surveillance and privacy. Last week’s hearings confirmed some of our concerns and left us with more questions than answers about how Sessions would protect Americans’ privacy and civil liberties as Attorney General.

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