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Coalition Letter to DHS Opposing Surveillance of Activists, Journalists, and Lawyers

A coalition of 103 organizations, legal service providers, and trade associations wrote to DHS to express our deep concern with reports of surveillance and targeting of activists, journalists, and lawyers by the Department of Homeland Security. CBP and ICE-HSI’s actions may violate the Privacy Act of 1974 and threaten the exercise of First Amendment-protected activities, including freedom of speech and association and freedom of the press, as well as the delivery of legal services.

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CDT Brief in Big Brother Watch and Others v. The United Kingdom

CDT filed a brief in the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) in the joined petitions of Big Brother Watch and Others v. United Kingdom, Bureau of Investigative Journalism and Alice Ross v. the United Kingdom, and 10 Human Rights Organisations v. the United Kingdom (collectively called “Big Brother Watch”). Big Brother Watch challenges the United Kingdom’s bulk interception regime by which intelligence agencies tap the fiber cables carrying internet traffic to analyze all electronic data that goes in or out of the U.K. The parties also challenge the intelligence sharing program between the U.K. and U.S., by which the National Security Agency (NSA) shares intelligence with the U.K.

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Chris Calabrese's Testimony Before PCLOB on "Countering Terrorism While Protecting Privacy and Civil Liberties: Where Do We Stand in 2019?"

We applaud the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board (PCLOB) for holding a public forum on the current state of affairs of civil liberties and privacy in the fight against terrorism, which is of course central to PCLOB’s mission. In testimony before PCLOB, Chris Calabrese discusses the important role that PCLOB plays in this area, and encourages PCLOB to focus on four initiatives.

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CDT’s Comment on Apprehension, Processing, Care, and Custody of Alien Minors and Unaccompanied Alien Children

Data collected for the purpose of assessing the suitability of a sponsor should not be repurposed for enforcement; a program designed to focus on child welfare should not be co-opted for enforcement. Parents and family members are put in an impossible position: choose separation from your child or relative, or risk alerting ICE to you and your housemates’ presence.

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Response to DOJ Letter on DMCA Exemptions for Security Researchers

On June 28, CCIPS of the Department of Justice sent a letter to the Copyright Office, voicing its support for CDT’s request that the Office expand an exemption under Section 1201 of the DMCA that allows computer security researchers to find and repair flaws and vulnerabilities in programs without running afoul of copyright law. To express our appreciation for both the letter and the Copyright Office’s willingness to accept it into the record for this exemption proceeding, we and our colleagues at the Samuelson-Glushko Technology Law & Policy Clinic submitted a response.

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