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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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Reply Comment in Copyright Office's Section 1201 Triennial Rulemaking

Prof. Ed Felten, Prof. J. Alex Halderman and the Center for Democracy & Technology (CDT) respectfully submit these reply comments in response to comments in favor of and objections to modifications that would remove several limitations from the proposed Class 10 exemption of good-faith security research from the anti-circumvention provisions of Section 1201 of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA).

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National Security Experts Letter Supporting Secure Elections Act

On February 20, 2018, twenty-one experts in national security delivered a letter to Senate leadership in support of the balanced approach the Secure Elections Act (S. 2261) takes in shoring up election cybersecurity. With precious little time and attention on cybersecurity issues in our democratic infrastructure, the letter argues that now is the time to pass into law measures that would require a paper trail, increasingly better audits of those records, provide funding to states to improve cybersecurity, and a structure for finding and fixing flaws in these systems.

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LabMD v. FTC: Tackling "Unfair" Data Security Practices in the Eleventh Circuit

The latest skirmish in the nearly seven-year battle between diagnostic testing company LabMD and the FTC begins on Wednesday, June 21st, as oral arguments are held in the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals. Oral argument may elucidate thinking around two key questions: (1) What are the contours of a “substantial injury” when evaluating unfair data security practices and how should data security’s costs and benefits be evaluated? and (2) What constitutes fair notice and “ascertainable certainty” of the FTC’s expectations for “reasonable” data security?

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Additional Comments on DMCA Section 1201 Reform

CDT has submitted additional comments on the the Copyright Office policy study focused on Section 1201 of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), which prohibits the circumvention of technological protection measures (TPMs). CDT commented in the initial phase of this study, and these comments address the Office’s response to the proposals received to update the statute.

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Issue Brief: The Time Has Come to Move to HTTPS!

All interactions on the web benefit from protection. People online increasingly face serious risks, from financial fraud and spying and surveillance to malware in downloads and advertisements. On the web, protection is achieved by HTTPS, and now is the time to move your websites from (insecure) HTTP to (secure) HTTPS. It’s easier than you may think, and getting easier every day.

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