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Letter to Armed Services Committee on the Email Privacy Act

We, the undersigned civil society organizations, companies and trade associations, write to express our support for the Email Privacy Act which was recently included in the House passed version of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2019. The Act updates the Electronic Communications Privacy Act, the law that sets standards for government access to private internet communications, to reflect internet users’ reasonable expectations of privacy with respect to emails, texts, notes, photos, and other sensitive information stored in “the cloud.”

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Responsible Data Frameworks: In Their Own Words

A growing effort within academia and civil society aimed at responsible data governance has led to the development of principles and guidance for how data should be collected, used, and shared in ways that maximize value and minimize harm to beneficiaries and other vulnerable individuals.

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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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CDT Comments to the U.S. State Department on Proposed Collection of Visa Applicants' Social Media Information

CDT urges the State Department to withdraw the agency’s proposed information collection under Public Notices 10260 and 10261. The proposal asks all immigrant and nonimmigrant visa applicants to provide social media identifiers, and email addresses used in the past five years, among other information. This astronomical collection would have an immediate impact on 14.7 million visa applicants, and thousands, if not millions, more third parties whose data could be collaterally reviewed.

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CDT Amicus Curiae Brief in People v. Charter Communications and Spectrum Management Holding Company

CDT filed a brief supporting the New York AG’s position in the pending appeal of People v. Charter Communications and Spectrum Management Holding Company, in which we focused on two issues: that the Federal Communications Commission’s Transparency Rule (the only rule slated to survive the net neutrality repeal) should not preempt New York’s consumer protection laws and that consumers are right to expect their broadband speeds to match advertised claims.

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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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