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Troublesome Cyber Surveillance Bill Advances

After adopting several privacy amendments in a closed door meeting last week, the Senate Intelligence Committee has publicly released the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act (CISA). The bill would permit companies in the private sector to share information about their users’ Internet activity with the federal government. CDT welcomes many of the amendments, but still opposes the legislation.

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Civil Agencies Want More Consumer Data — Will They Keep Privacy in Mind?

It’s not surprising that civil agencies, including transportation commissions, health departments, and housing authorities, may want access to the data that service providers collect on behalf of their users. But balancing the needs of government agencies and the privacy of individuals will be vital in order to ensure that any use of such data doesn’t infringe upon individual rights.

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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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