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CDT Comments to National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) on Advancing Consumer Privacy

We appreciate the NTIA’s recognition that companies should embrace longstanding Fair Information Practice Principles (FIPPs), as well as internal accountability and risk management efforts, but the administration must advance a legislative proposal for a federal privacy framework that additionally prohibits intrusive and unfair data collection and use.

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Signals of Trustworthy VPNs – Questions for VPN Services

A list of questions that a trustworthy VPN service should be able to answer honestly, clearly, and thoroughly, signaling the provider’s commitment to earning user trust. The goal of these questions is to improve transparency among VPN services and to provide a way for users to easily compare privacy, security, and data use practices.

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Unedited Answers: Signals of Trustworthy VPNs

CDT has been working with a number of VPNs to promote better practices. Below is a list of questions that a number of VPN services have answered, and we are publishing unedited, in regards to their corporate accountability and business models, privacy practices, and security protocols and protections. The VPNs that have agreed to contribute to this project are: ExpressVPN, IVPN, Mullvad, TunnelBear, and VyprVPN.

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CDT Comments to FTC: Boosting Privacy by Design and Data Security Guidance

The following comments to the FTC address (1) how the Commission can use its Section 5 authority to address the role of design in privacy, (2) the Commission’s rulemaking and enforcement under COPPA, (3) the tools and resources necessary for the Commission to effectively hold industry accountable, and (4) recommendations for developing the Commission’s data security regime.

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Letter to Newman & Saunders re: New York City’s Automated Decision Systems Task Force

Dear Task Force Chairs Newman and Saunders: The undersigned organizations and individuals write to offer recommendations to the Automated Decision Systems Task Force, which is mandated by Local Law 49 of 2018. This is an important opportunity to ensure that emerging technologies, like automated decisions systems, are adopted and implemented fairly and equitably to serve all New Yorkers.

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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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