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CDT Supports Draft NTIA Consensus Document for Drone Operations

In order to reconcile the exciting possibilities of drone operations with privacy concerns, last year President Obama called on interested stakeholders to establish best practices for “privacy, accountability, and transparency issues” regarding UAS. Today, the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) announced that a group consisting of members of civil society (including CDT), trade groups, and companies has created a comprehensive consensus document.

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European Data Protection Authorities Chime in on Privacy Shield

The ‘Article 29 Working Party’, the body of European Data Protection Authorities (DPAs) published their eagerly awaited opinion on the EU-US Privacy Shield. In many ways, the delicate balance the DPAs strike in their analysis is consistent with expectations. Overall, the WP29 Opinion is neither a straightforward endorsement, nor a blanket rejection of the Privacy Shield.

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Congress Should Oppose H.R. 2666, the “No Rate Regulation of Broadband Internet Access Act”

Today, the Center for Democracy & Technology joined other consumer rights and privacy advocates in sending a letter to the leadership of the House of Representatives opposing H.R. 2666, the “No Rate Regulation of Broadband Internet Access Act.” This bill would strip the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) of authority to review certain practices of broadband providers related to their customers’ privacy. Specifically, the FCC would have no power to inquire into broadband providers’ offers of discounts or other incentives in exchange for the ability to use or disclose customers’ personal information.

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At Last: EPCA Reform Bill to Move Forward with Markup

Today, the House Judiciary Committee finally moved forward with a markup of the Manager’s Substitute to the 1986 Email Privacy Act (H.R. 699), which will amend ECPA so that, with limited exceptions, law enforcement officials will be required to obtain a warrant based on probable cause before searching and seizing data stored in the cloud. It is supported by more than 50 civil society groups, trade associations and companies big and small. CDT hopes that this vote is the beginning of a broader ECPA reform and ultimately new privacy protections for every American.

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Guidance but Not Direction: The FTC’s Tool for Mobile Health App Developers

The Federal Trade Commission released an interactive tool this week meant to help mobile health app developers determine the laws and regulations that might apply to them. The guidance is good primer for developers who want to understand basic legal compliance and it’s great that the FTC recognizes that it is as important for companies to educate themselves about privacy and security standards as it is for consumers. However, it illustrates a greater need for forward-thinking policy solutions to address gaps in protection for health data.

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How To Read A Privacy Policy: Advice from CDT Experts

Most of the information about a company’s practices is listed in a privacy policy; these policies are one of the few glimpses we have into what is happening to our personal information. While their usefulness to consumers is limited — research has demonstrated that users are usually overwhelmed by these documents — advocates can use policies to parse what companies are actually doing. CDT’s experts read privacy policies a lot, so we asked them to provide some clarity on what privacy policies actually say, and what to look for.

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With Workplace Privacy, Have a Policy and Follow the Policy

Technology has allowed for more novel and expansive employee surveillance and workplace monitoring. State legislators are looking to formalize and unify the legal landscape of employee privacy. And CDT is working to intervene and create strong privacy-protections for individuals at both the public and corporate level in the increasingly technologically advanced workplace.

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Why Broadband Customer Choice Matters

The FCC will hold its open meeting on March 31, where it will vote on the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on broadband privacy currently being circulated to the full Commission. This rulemaking will seek to clarify the privacy obligations of ISPs under Title II. The Chairman is right to give special attention to customer choice for this rulemaking. Meaningful consumer controls must be a component of the proposed rules.

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