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Comments to CPSC on the Internet of Things and Consumer Product Hazards

CDT respectfully submits these comments in response to Consumer Product Safety Commission’s (CPSC, or the Commission) request for written comments on the Internet of Things (IoT) and consumer product hazards. While there is no doubt that the IoT presents enormous value, poorly designed and inadequately secured devices can present risks to consumers’ safety and can be exploited for costly cyber-attacks.

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Comments to NTIA Promoting Stakeholder Action Against Botnets and Other Automated Threats

CDT appreciates this opportunity to comment on the Department of Commerce’s draft Report on enhance resilience against botnets and other automated, distributed threats. Because there is an explicit tension between allowing companies to take voluntary but automated action against devices and accounts, and permitting consumers to control their digital footprint, we propose that the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) convene a dedicated process for discussing the implications for privacy and freedom of expression.

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Follow-up Comments for the FTC / NHTSA “Connected Cars – Workshop, Project No. P175403

The connected vehicle ecosystem consists of a growing network of automakers, telecom companies, telematics service providers, insurance companies, and a host of other players sprawled across disparate distribution channels. To add to an already crowded landscape, automakers are proactively harnessing partnerships with AI developers and ride-sharing companies, as well as entertainment and social media companies like Facebook that are eager to have a in-vehicle presence.

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RE: Comments on NHTSA Notice of Proposed Rule for FMVSS No. 150, V2V Communications (Docket No. NHTSA-2016-0126)

CDT and four top cryptography and security experts submitted the following comments in response to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) notice of proposed rulemaking to establish a new Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS), No. 150, which intends to mandate and standardize vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) communications for new light vehicles. Our comments highlight our concern that NHTSA’s proposal standard may not contain adequate measures to protect consumer privacy from third parties who may choose to listen in on the Basic Safety Message (BSM) broadcast by vehicles.

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CDT Comments to the NTIA on Fostering the Advancement of the Internet of Things

Though it is likely that the Federal Trade Commission will continue to lead on privacy policy and enforcement, CDT recommends that the NTIA and Department of Commerce continue their ongoing efforts to engage stakeholders and to pursue consensus-based global standards, starting from the premise that the privacy challenges raised by the IoT are novel. The Department is well positioned to highlight efforts within industry to promote privacy, which includes addressing basic Fair Information Practice Principles and adopting privacy by design across the full lifecycle of IoT devices, products, and services.

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Comments to the NHTSA on Federal Automated Vehicles Policy (November 22)

CDT recognizes the tremendous societal benefits that may be derived from autonomous technologies, and we encourage NHTSA to further explore the privacy and cybersecurity impacts of AVs. Specifically, these comments focus on the Federal Automated Vehicles Policy’s Cross-Cutting Guidance with respect to: (1) data sharing; (2) privacy; (3) cybersecurity; and (4) consumer education and training.

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Everybody Dies: How to Preserve Your Digital Legacy

Now everyone has exhaustive and detailed records of our lives in our emails, chats, social media posts, and more. In the not too distant future, we may be able to upload our digital lives to black boxes that write our biographies. If you care about your digital life after death – and the sanity of those that will be tasked with managing it – you should take control of your digital destiny now. Here are our tips and resources for managing your digital estate.

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Digital Decisions: Building Trust in Algorithms

Sophisticated statistical analysis is a pillar of decision making in the 21st Century, including employment, lending, and policing. Automated systems also mediate our access to information and community through search results and social media. These technologies are pivotal to day-to-day life, but the processes that govern them are not transparent.

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Testimony of Justin Brookman before Senate Commerce on Internet of Things

Statement of Justin Brookman Director, Consumer Privacy Center for Democracy & Technology Before the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation The Connected World: Examining the Internet of Things February 11, 2015 The Center for Democracy & Technology (CDT) is pleased to submit testimony to the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation for today’s hearing on the privacy and security implications of the Internet…

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