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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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From Televisions to Telescreens: Video Viewing Habits Are Sensitive Information

Last week, TV-maker Vizio found itself on the receiving end of a multimillion dollar settlement with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the state of New Jersey for tracking user viewing behaviors in ways that were deceptive and unfair. The settlement exposed just how sophisticated the tracking practices deployed by smart televisions can be, and, more importantly, it offers an example of how seemingly innocuous data can be combined to create very sensitive information.

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Facebook Launches New Restrictions on Advertisers

Facebook has just revealed new restrictions on advertisers’ ability to personalize content based on “Ethnic Affinity,” following up on promises to address concerns raised by advocates and government officials last year. Facebook’s blog post describes welcome changes, many of which reflect suggestions made by CDT last fall, including plans to leverage technical tools like machine learning.

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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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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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Visitors to the White House’s new website are greeted by a splash page that asks for their email address and zip code before they can proceed. It’s easy to understand why the new president might be eager to collect email addresses from visitors, but the Trump administration’s splash page violates a number of privacy norms and longstanding practices – it…

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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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Think Like CDT: How to Protect Your Privacy

How much privacy do you want? This isn’t a trick question–people have different preferences and interests in sharing or obscuring their personal information. January 28th is Data Privacy Day , a day that, “commemorates the 1981 signing of Convention 108, the…

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