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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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The Legal, Policy, and Technical Landscape Around Data Deletion

In this paper, we argue that companies should reconsider their concept of deletion and implement sound technical and policy processes to formalize their practices. We believe there comes a point when the value of data has been extracted and the costs (both operational costs and potential for liability) of retaining data outweigh the potential benefits of keeping it.

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Testimony by Nuala O’Connor Before Oakland Privacy Advisory Comission

Nuala O’Connor President & CEO Center for Democracy & Technology Testimony Before the Oakland Privacy Advisory Commission January 5, 2017 I would like to thank the Privacy Advisory Commission, especially Brian Hofer and Deirdre Mulligan, for extending the invitation to me to be here with you today. I’m Nuala O’Connor, president and CEO of the Center for Democracy & Technology, nonpartisan, nonprofit advocacy organization dedicated to advancing…

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