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Companies Should Do Better Than Weak NTIA “Best Practices” on Facial Recognition

Over the last two and a half years, the NTIA convened a multi-stakeholder process to develop best practices for companies using facial recognition technology. The resulting document, “Privacy Best Practice Recommendations for Commercial Facial Recognition Use,” was finalized today and lacks both guidance for businesses and protection for individuals. CDT, along with other civil society groups, withdrew from the process when it became clear that the process would not result in meaningful guidelines.

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CDT and Fitbit Develop Guidelines for Privacy and Research for Wearables Industry

In a first of its kind partnership with a wearables company, Fitbit (NYSE: FIT) invited the Center for Democracy & Technology (CDT), a leading advocacy group dedicated to protecting global online civil liberties, into its research labs to explore how privacy and ethics come into play in the research and development (R&D) process. The result of this collaboration is a report that offers guidance on privacy-protective and ethical internal research procedures for wearable technology companies.

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Hacking the Internet of Things looms over CES

USA Today: The Internet of Things looms large at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show, with a host of products and devices wired to send and receive information. First and foremost, all these devices need an on-off switch “so it’s clear to the user when they’re being observed, so they can opt out when they want to,” said Nuala O’Connor, CEO of the Center for Democracy and Technology.

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Fear of lawsuits chills car hack research

The Hill: “There have been instances where a researcher had in fact told a manufacturer and the manufacturer had not addressed the vulnerability,” Erik Stallman, general counsel at the Center for Democracy and Technology, told The Hill.

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GE Reports/Ideas: It’s the Digital Age –– We Have Rights

Nuala guest writes for GE’s Reports/Ideas: Every time I hear someone use the phrase the “Internet of Things,” I instantly want to remind them that it is still the Internet of people. Yes, it is becoming the Internet of Everything — everything connected, from our cars to our clothing — but regardless of what is connected, the information being collected is still about us. It’s about the way we communicate, eat, move, live and love.

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