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Broadband Privacy Letter to Tom Wheeler

Dear Chairman Wheeler: The undersigned organizations urge you to commence a rulemaking as soon as possible to protect the privacy of broadband consumers. As Commissioner Julie Brill of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) stated in a recent speech on broadband and privacy, the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) reclassification of broadband as a Title II common carrier service adds it as “a brawnier cop on the beat” on privacy issues.

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Digital Decisions: Policy Tools in Automated Decision-Making

Digital technology has empowered new voices, made the world more accessible, and increased the speed of almost every decision we make as businesses, communities, and individuals. Much of this convenience is powered by lines of code that rapidly execute instructions based on rules set by programmers (or, in the case of machine learning, generated from statistical correlations in massive datasets)—otherwise known as algorithms.

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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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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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Comparison of Four Data Breach Bills Currently Before Congress (114th Session)

A series of high profile data breaches including those of Target, Sony, Anthem, AshleyMadison.com and the federal Office of Personnel Management have created a Congressional push to establish a federal data breach standard. The following chart compares four proposals for federal data breach legislation on the basis of these elements (as of September 10, 2015).

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