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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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Amicus Brief Challenging 381 Overly Broad Warrants Issued to Facebook

We submitted an amicus brief along with the NYCLU, the ACLU, and the New York State Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers to the Court of Appeals of the State of New York in regards to 381 search warrants directed to Facebook in 2013, arguing that Facebook has the right to challenge the warrants on behalf of its users, and to notify its users that the government was seeking the contents of their accounts.

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Comments to the NHTSA on Federal Automated Vehicles Policy (November 22)

CDT recognizes the tremendous societal benefits that may be derived from autonomous technologies, and we encourage NHTSA to further explore the privacy and cybersecurity impacts of AVs. Specifically, these comments focus on the Federal Automated Vehicles Policy’s Cross-Cutting Guidance with respect to: (1) data sharing; (2) privacy; (3) cybersecurity; and (4) consumer education and training.

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CDT's Priorities for the New Administration

At the Center for Democracy & Technology, we believe that there are core beliefs that unite every American. Our policy recommendations for the nation’s 45th president are moderate, pragmatic proposals aimed at charting a forward-looking course that protects our individual rights, keeps the country secure, and enables further innovation in our hyper-connected reality.

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Comments to the EEOC on the Implications of Big Data in Employment

CDT commends the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s effort to protect equal opportunity in employment by examining how the collection and use of data may exacerbate structural inequality. In particular, we urge the Commission to scrutinize the use of automated decision-making systems in hiring, management, and employee evaluation practices and to ensure that such systems promote fairness, equality, and diversity.

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Content ‘responsibility:’ The looming cloud of uncertainty for internet intermediaries

This paper, written by Dr. Monica Horten, addresses the topic of intermediary liability in the context of new European Union policy proposals. These proposals introduce a new notion of ‘content responsibility’. The paper seeks to understand this notion and its consequences by analysing the policy proposals that have been tabled in 2016, as well as national and European case law.

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Coalition Letter Opposing DHS Social Media Collection Proposal

A coalition of human rights and civil liberties organizations, including CDT, sent a letter to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to express their concerns with a proposal that certain categories of visitors to the United States be asked to disclose information about their “online presence” in their visa-waiver arrival/departure records (Form I-94W) and their online application for an Electronic System for Travel Authorization.

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