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Coalition Condemns DHS Proposal to Demand Passwords to Enter the U.S.

In a statement released today, a broad coalition rejected the idea proposed by DHS Secretary John Kelly that DHS could begin requiring visa applicants from certain countries to provide social media account passwords as a condition of entering the U.S. The practice of demanding social media passwords on visa application forms, which Secretary Kelly raised at a hearing before the House Homeland Security Committee on February 7th, 2017, would not increase the security of U.S. citizens and would jeopardize the fundamental rights of people in the U.S. and abroad.

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Ruling in Microsoft's Challenge to Gag Order a Win for Transparency

Today, Microsoft’s effort to alert customers when they are the subject of searches by the government took a crucial step forward. Judge James Robart denied the government’s motion to dismiss the case, and allowed Microsoft to assert its claim that the government stifled the company’s First Amendment rights when it applied a “gag” order to stop them from sharing…

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Email Privacy One Step Closer to Reality

Could this be the year that the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA) is updated to better protect the privacy our emails? By a voice vote, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Email Privacy Act, which would do just that. With the bill moving to the Senate, CDT will work with members of the Digital Due Process Coalition to advocate for its passage.

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Latest Microsoft-Ireland Case Ruling Affirms U.S. Warrants Do Not Reach Data Stored Outside the U.S.

The Second Circuit Court of Appeals today denied the U.S. government’s petition for a rehearing in the Microsoft-Ireland case, effectively sending resolution of the issue of the scope of U.S. warrants to the Supreme Court, Congress, or both. The appellate court left in place the decision of a 3-judge panel, which found that U.S. warrants cannot compel Microsoft to disclose communications it stores in Ireland. CDT welcomes the decision.

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Overreaching Judicial Order Blocks WhatsApp in Brazil

Today, a judge in Brazil issued an order to immediately and indefinitely block access to the popular WhatsApp end-to-end encrypted messaging service in Brazil. For each day that it does not comply with the judicial order, WhatsApp faces fines of 50,000 reais (about $15,300). It is judicial overreach and a violation of free expression rights to deprive Brazilians of their preferred communications channel, and CDT applauds WhatsApp for continuing to provide a secure means of communication to its billions of users worldwide.

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