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Digital Decisions: Building Trust in Algorithms

Sophisticated statistical analysis is a pillar of decision making in the 21st Century, including employment, lending, and policing. Automated systems also mediate our access to information and community through search results and social media. These technologies are pivotal to day-to-day life, but the processes that govern them are not transparent.

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Analysis of the Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights Act

Last Friday, President Obama released a long-awaited draft of the Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights Act. The administration’s concrete legislative proposal is an incredibly important step, but the bill does have some significant flaws. CDT is committed to working with the administration and Congress on strengthening this bill to ultimately deliver the privacy rights and protections that we deserve.

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Testimony of Justin Brookman before Senate Commerce on Internet of Things

Statement of Justin Brookman Director, Consumer Privacy Center for Democracy & Technology Before the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation The Connected World: Examining the Internet of Things February 11, 2015 The Center for Democracy & Technology (CDT) is pleased to submit testimony to the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation for today’s hearing on the privacy and security implications of the Internet…

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Is Breaking Web Encryption Legal?

Companies finding ways to subvert Internet encryption have been in the news recently. Last month, in-flight Wifi provider Gogo was caught intercepting encrypted web sessions on YouTube and other video sites in order to throttle high-bandwidth users. And earlier this week, it was revealed that Lenovo was installing adware on laptops that intercepted all encrypted web requests…

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Letter to House on Data Breach Legislative Proposals

TO: Chairman Fred Upton and Ranking Member Frank Pallone RE: Data breach legislative proposals DATE: February 5, 2015   Dear Chairman Upton and Ranking Member Pallone, We, the undersigned, submit the following in response to the recently announced “Personal Data Notification & Protection Act.” We are pleased that the President is committed to protecting the privacy and security of individuals’ personal information. As the…

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Letter to Senate on Data Breach Legislative Proposals

TO: Chairman John Thune and Ranking Member Bill Nelson RE: Data breach legislative proposals DATE: February 5, 2015 Dear Chairman Thune and Ranking Member Nelson, We, the undersigned, submit the following in response to the recently announced “Personal Data Notification & Protection Act.” We are pleased that the President is committed to protecting the privacy and security of individuals’ personal information. As the…

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Hearing Before the Senate On Protecting America from Cyber Attacks: The Importance of Information Sharing

Greg Nojeim’s testimony for the January 28th hearing before the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee on Protecting America from Cyber Attacks. He will explain how Congress can embrace cybersecurity information sharing policies with appropriate authorities and safeguards that enhance both privacy and security.

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CDT Issue Brief on Federal Data Breach Notification Legislation

A September 2014 Ponemon study found that 60% of U.S. companies have experienced more than one data breach in the past two years, and that data breaches increased in frequency over the past year. This report underscores the need for stronger laws that mandate both breach notification procedures and measures to avoid breaches before they occur. Here’s our specifics on what should (and should not) be a part of federal data breach legislation specifically, and what elements must be included in any data breach proposal generally.

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