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CDT Launches State Privacy Resource Center

Last week, we wrote about the importance of state governments’ role in protecting consumer privacy, particularly when the federal government fails to pass (or repeals) privacy laws. Today, CDT launched its State Privacy Resource Center, a repository of materials to help state legislators and policymakers craft, support, and enforce effective privacy protections. The resources you will find here include a guide to defining technology-related terms, a state-by-state compendium of student privacy laws, and a discussion of the impact of digital technology on workplace privacy.

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Feds and States Must Work Together on Consumer Privacy

So far, 2017 has been a bad year for consumer privacy protections at the federal level. In response, state lawmakers are working to protect consumer privacy where the federal government has fallen short. The role of the states in protecting privacy is more important than ever, and it’s disappointing to see federal lawmakers and industry groups attempt to gut states’ authority to protect consumers.

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5 Takeaways from the New DHS Privacy Guidance

To comply with the executive order, DHS released new policy guidance on April 27. The new policy acknowledges that DHS can no longer extend statutory Privacy Act protections to non-U.S. persons, but it also explains what the agency must do to continue to protect the privacy of non-U.S. persons. It’s still early to tell how the policy will work in practice, but here are a few takeaways.

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Another Invasive, Costly DHS Proposal Chilling Free Speech At the Border

Earlier this year, DHS proposed to begin requesting information pertaining to Chinese visitors’ social media identifiers. This is not the first time we have seen this type of proposal from DHS. In 2016, CDT and over 30 other organizations raised concerns that a DHS proposal asking people traveling to the U.S. through the Visa Waiver Program to volunteer information about their “online presence” and social media use amounted to an expansion of surveillance of U.S. visitors and residents alike. Last week, CDT argued that the new proposal would raise the same issues.

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Three Core Security & Privacy Issues of Connected Vehicles

Connected vehicles have tremendous potential to reshape the transportation landscape – bringing important safety and efficiency benefits but also creating new security and privacy risks. In addition, there are long-standing security and privacy issues that, if not resolved, will be compounded with the continued trends towards greater use of software and connectivity in motor vehicles. Our comments focus on three main issues: the need for secure software, the increasing dependence on critical information infrastructures, and the need for greater transparency around data privacy.

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