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Illinois Geolocation Bill Testimony, HB 3449

CDT supports the passage of Illinois HB 3449 because it requires companies to ask for permission before they use an individual’s precise geolocation information. We believe that HB 3449 is common sense legislation that protects consumers while avoiding overly burdensome or costly compliance requirements for companies.

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Remarks from Nuala O'Connor at 2017 CDT Annual Dinner

On April 20, 2017, the Center for Democracy & Technology hosted its Annual Dinner, fondly referred to as Tech Prom. At the dinner, CDT’s President & CEO Nuala O’Connor delivered remarks that focused on digital dignity. She highlighted CDT’s advocacy efforts opposing the collection of passwords at the border, supporting strong broadband privacy protections, ensuring free speech rights online, and making the entire internet more secure.

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RE: Comments on NHTSA Notice of Proposed Rule for FMVSS No. 150, V2V Communications (Docket No. NHTSA-2016-0126)

CDT and four top cryptography and security experts submitted the following comments in response to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) notice of proposed rulemaking to establish a new Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS), No. 150, which intends to mandate and standardize vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) communications for new light vehicles. Our comments highlight our concern that NHTSA’s proposal standard may not contain adequate measures to protect consumer privacy from third parties who may choose to listen in on the Basic Safety Message (BSM) broadcast by vehicles.

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Rethinking Privacy Self-Management and Data Sovereignty in the Age of Big Data

This paper advances the idea that the rise of large data collection and processing, also known as big data, has challenged the validity of data-protection regimes founded on ideals of individual control. With a focus on data sovereignty, it investigates concepts able to meet the requirements of big-data technologies, while also offering guidance for future policy regimes.

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Comments Re: National Emergency Address Database Privacy and Security Plan PS Docket No. 07-114

In January 2015, CDT joined with other public advocacy organizations to express concerns about the privacy impact of the NEAD. We cautioned that users of networked devices likely do not expect that information about their personal devices and physical address will be stored in a national database that is accessible to multiple parties. In those comments, we offered several recommendations for protecting user privacy including strong limits on third-party access to the database and opt-out mechanisms for individuals.CDT is pleased that the draft NEAD Privacy and Security Plan appears largely to address these concerns. We write now to highlight several aspects of the NEAD Platform that protect privacy and security, and suggest how the plan’s practices might evolve in the future.

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CDT Comments to the NTIA on Fostering the Advancement of the Internet of Things

Though it is likely that the Federal Trade Commission will continue to lead on privacy policy and enforcement, CDT recommends that the NTIA and Department of Commerce continue their ongoing efforts to engage stakeholders and to pursue consensus-based global standards, starting from the premise that the privacy challenges raised by the IoT are novel. The Department is well positioned to highlight efforts within industry to promote privacy, which includes addressing basic Fair Information Practice Principles and adopting privacy by design across the full lifecycle of IoT devices, products, and services.

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Coalition Letter to Secretary Kelly Opposing Collection of Passwords at the Border

A coalition of human rights and civil liberties organizations and trade associations wrote to DHS Secretary Kelly in response to his statement at the House Homeland Security Committee hearing, that the Department of Homeland Security would consider requiring visa applicants to provide log-in information (passwords or other credentials) for their social media accounts.

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CDT Opposes Reconsideration of FCC Broadband Privacy Rules

The Commission created a balanced set of rules that give consumers meaningful control over their personal information while maintaining flexibility for telecommunications companies to use data for improving services, crafting new technologies, and advertising. Petitioners’ efforts to weaken the rules are not supported by the record and contradict the Commission’s own guidance. They would expose internet users to unnecessary privacy and data security risks and undermine consumer trust in the broadband market.

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Data Brokers, Don’t Help Build Muslim Registry or Facilitate Mass Deportations

Because of the risks that big data could be exploited to violate human rights of Muslims, migrants or others in the United States, the undersigned 17 organizations are sending letters to nearly 50 data brokers in the United States. We are calling on them to disclose whether they have refused requests to share data with the government, what steps they take to make sure their activities do not lead to human rights abuses, and to take the following pledge.

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