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Model Privacy Best Practices for Unmanned Aircraft

The goal of CDT’s model best practices is to credibly safeguard individual privacy while enabling a wide range of private drone uses. Strong distrust of drones on privacy grounds holds back broad public acceptance of the industry, but following a meaningful set of best practices can help address these issues. Ultimately, it is in the best interests of both the industry and consumers to establish sensible norms for drone privacy, transparency, and accountability. CDT believes our proposed privacy best practices for drones advance us toward that goal.

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Private Sector Hack-Backs and the Law of Unintended Consequences

Congress is considering legislation to authorize companies to use countermeasures against cyber attacks. However, the legislation could undermine cybersecurity by authorizing victims to “hack back” and cause harm to a third party. At a minimum, Congress should ensure that the countermeasures it authorizes operate on the system on which they are deployed, do not gain unauthorized access to other systems, and do not cause harm to others’ networks, data, or connected devices.”

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Data in the On-Demand Economy – Privacy and Security in Government Data Mandates

The “on-demand” economy is here, and there is unquestionable demand from both those seeking services and those wanting to provide services. Many of the sectors these companies are disrupting are often highly regulated, with detailed operating requirements, complex regulations at the state and local level, and extensive oversight by governmental agencies. For technology companies that have historically not operated in highly regulated areas, this presents a host of new challenges; for agencies, the difficulties in regulating companies that are not accustomed to this type of governance are equally striking.

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Letter to NYC Council Members on Data Sharing, Airbnb

CDT’s Gautam Hans, our Policy Counsel and CDT-SF Director, recently wrote to New York City Council Members Jumaane Williams of the 45th District and Helen Rosenthal of the 6th District. His letter was in response to their recent New York Daily News editorial, calling on Airbnb to share more data with the government for enforcement purposes.

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Warrantless Surveillance under Section 702 of the FISA Amendments Act: Myths and Facts

On October 6, 2015, the Court of Justice of the European Union issued a judgment invalidating the EU-US Safe Harbor Agreement, the legal basis upon which thousands of US companies had relied in order to transfer European users’ data to the United States for processing and/or storage. Elements of the US government have long sought to portray Section 702 surveillance as limited and protective of privacy. This explainer by CDT and other civil society groups on the myths and realities of warrantless Section 702 surveillance sets the record straight about Section 702.

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