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EU’s “Right to Be Forgotten” Policy Sets Bad Precedent for Free Expression Worldwide

In the latest development in the debate over the “right to be forgotten” in Europe, Google has decided to begin suppressing links to URLs not only for searches on EU country-level domains, but also for searches conducted from within EU countries on their global .com site. CDT remains very critical of the reasoning behind the CJEU ruling in Google Spain v AEPD, Mario Costeja Gonzale.

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Strong Intermediary Liability Protection Focus of CDT response to European Commission’s ‘Platforms’ Consultation

The European Commission published its Digital Single Market Strategy: the Juncker Commission’s flagship policy initiative to eliminate national administrative silo’s and regulatory barriers in the digital economy. Part of the strategy called for a broad consultation on the role of ‘platforms’, including a broad range of online intermediaries, in the economy and society. CDT recently submitted our response to this consultation.

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CDT addresses the United Nations General Assembly and Counter-Terrorism Advisor

This week, two of CDT’s experts appeared before key bodies of the United Nations dealing with critical issues for the future Internet. Matthew Shears addressed the UN General Assembly on progress towards the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as part of the World Summit for the Information Society (WSIS) review. Emma Llansó spoke to the UN Counter-Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate on the risks to the human rights of Internet users as governments seek to find appropriate responses to “extremist” content online.

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Bill Aimed at Turning Internet Companies into Government Informants Still an Awful Idea

Media reports indicate that Senator Dianne Feinstein is planning to reintroduce her proposal to require all Internet companies to report on their users directly to the US government if those companies become aware of apparent “terrorist activity” on their networks. This may sound familiar: Feinstein snuck this proposal into the Intelligence Authorization Act over the summer as Section 603. This is one idea that should not get an encore performance at the end of the year.

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Dart Must Stop “Suffocation” of Backpage

In a major First Amendment victory, the Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit ordered Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart to halt his campaign of coercion against companies that provide financial services to Backpage.com. The court ordered Dart to “take no actions, formal or informal, to coerce or threaten credit card companies, processors, financial institutions, or other third parties with sanctions” in order to force a website off the Internet.

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A Reintroduction: Online Art Rights

Gray Leonard is the Fall 2015 Communications Intern To celebrate the update of Online Art Rights – a CDT project that provides artists and others with a general overview of the legal landscape for art online – those of us at the DC office had a small party last Friday night. As the project lead, I was…

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Dart's Targeting of Credit Cards to Bring Down Website Violates the First Amendment

When a law enforcement official threatens punitive action and reputational damage against a credit card company, with the goal of seeing a website starved for funds and forced to shut down, that official has violated the First Amendment. This is the message that CDT, EFF, and the Association of Alternative Newsmedia sent to the Seventh Circuit last week in our amicus brief in Backpage v. Dart.

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Washington Court ruling against Backpage.com is a Setback for Internet Platforms and Online Speech

The Washington State Supreme Court delivered a disappointing decision last week, allowing a lawsuit to proceed against Backpage.com for the use of its classified ads service by sex traffickers. Three minor trafficking victims brought the suit against Backpage, alleging that the website played a “substantial role” in developing the content of the advertisements posted by the traffickers who abused them.

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