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Georgia’s Governor Vetoes Harmful School Safety Bill

The vetoing of the SB 15 bill gives the legislature a chance to reconsider how using data and technology to implement overbroad surveillance measures in schools could undermine the goal of keeping all students safe. CDT has highlighted what is missing from the school safety conversation, so it is our hope that the legislators will take this chance to focus on proven school safety strategies that consider the interests of all students.

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CBP Letter Prompts the Question: Is DHS Criminalizing Compassion and Association?

Authorities at the U.S. border are arguing that journalists who report on asylum seekers, and the lawyers and activists who advise them, are legitimate targets for investigation under 8 U.S. Code §1324 for the crime of illegally “encouraging” aliens to cross the border unlawfully. This alleged crime justifies the targeting of these individuals for surveillance, and may be tied to the search and detention of their electronic devices at ports of entry. That’s the message U.S. Customs and Border Protection delivered in a May 9th letter to the Center for Democracy & Technology, which responded to the coalition letter we sent the Department of Homeland Security about a pattern of enforcement activity that appears to target journalists, lawyers and activists associated with asylum seekers.

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Congress is Writing a Privacy Law. It Must Address Civil Rights.

CDT has repeatedly told Congress that privacy proposals that do not address unfair and discriminatory data practices are inadequate and squandered opportunities. Unfortunately, privacy discussions too often ignore the lived experiences of marginalized groups, and many proposed solutions to address privacy problems do not tackle some of the hardest issues impacting these communities.

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The Three P’s of Supporting Military Children: Purple, Portability, and Privacy

The Month of the Military Child is celebrated with “Purple Up Days,” during which people wear their best purple in support of these important members of the community. However, purple is not the only P that matters when it comes to supporting military-connected students. Data Portability and privacy are also incredibly important to this group of often transient students.

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