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Congress Should Pass USA FREEDOM Act of 2015

Today Members of both the House and Senate introduced new versions of the USA FREEDOM Act to end the NSA’s bulk collection of Americans’ communications records. The Center for Democracy & Technology (CDT) supports this bill and considers it a significant first step in broader government surveillance reform. CDT believes the bill provides a more concrete reform…

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Cybersecurity Information Sharing Bills To Move Forward Without Key Privacy Amendments

The House is considering two cybersecurity information-sharing bills — the Protecting Cyber Networks Act and the National Cybersecurity Protection Act — that lack privacy protections. Last night, the House Rules Committee decided to deny members the opportunity to vote on key amendments that would have addressed many of the privacy problems with the bills.  The amendments would have: Ensured the…

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CDT Strongly Opposes Full Reauthorization of Section 215

Last night, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Senate Select Intelligence Committee Chairman Richard Burr introduced a bill to extend Section 215 of the USA PATRIOT Act through 2020. The bill, numbered S. 1035, would not make any reform to Sec. 215 at all. The McConnell/Burr bill comes as both the House and Senate are working on…

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Cybersecurity Information Sharing Bills Move Forward Without Key Privacy Amendments

The House is considering two cybersecurity information-sharing bills —  the Protecting Cyber Networks Act and the National Cybersecurity Protection Advancement Act — that lack privacy protections. Last night, the House Rules Committee decided to deny members the opportunity to vote on key amendments that would have addressed many of the privacy problems with the bills….

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US News & World Report: Would NSA Data Surveillance End With Patriot Act?

Tom Risen interviews CDT Senior Counsel Harley Geiger in his recent article on NSA surveillance and the Patriot Act.  The NSA, however, could invoke other legal powers to continue the data collection program without Section 215 of the Patriot Act, says Harley Geiger, senior counsel for the Center for Democracy and Technology advocacy group. The government has also conducted bulk…

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VICE: US Customs Quietly Launches Facial Recognition Experiment at DC Airport

CDT Security Fellow, Jake Laperruque, offers comments to VICE’s Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai regarding a new initiative by the US Customs department.  “Here we have a program where individuals are not suspected of wrongdoing and are engaged in routine behavior,” Jake Laperruque, a fellow at the Center for Democracy and Technology told Motherboard. “And they are being required to submit a piece…

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Troublesome Cyber Surveillance Bill Advances

After adopting several privacy amendments in a closed door meeting last week, the Senate Intelligence Committee has publicly released the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act (CISA). The bill would permit companies in the private sector to share information about their users’ Internet activity with the federal government. The Center for Democracy & Technology (CDT) welcomes many of the amendments, but…

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National Journal: Here’s What Is in the Senate’s Cybersecurity Bill

Dustin Volz recently covered the Senate’s cybersecurity bill, CISA, and why advocates like CDT are wary of it.  Jake Laperruque, a privacy and surveillance fellow at the Center for Democracy & Technology, said that, despite the revisions, CISA still amounted to a “cybersurveillance measure.” Of particular concern, Laperruque said, was that the committee-passed legislation “required real-time ‘insta-sharing’ with the NSA”…

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Bloomberg BNA: Senate Intel OKs Cyberthreat Sharing Bill

Bloomberg BNA’s Alexei Alexis interviewed Director of CDT’s Freedom, Security and Technology Project, Greg Nojeim, on the upcoming markup of CISA. “The bill is complex, and it needs a lot of work,” Gregory Nojeim, senior counsel for the Center for Democracy and Technology in Washington, told Bloomberg BNA March 11 in advance of the markup session. “The committee’s consideration of…

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CSM: Stronger Encryption on Consumer Devices Won’t Hurt National Security

Christian Science Monitor’s blog, Passcode, shares what polled influencers in the tech policy community think about encryption and national security. Both CDT President & CEO, Nuala O’Connor, and Advocacy Director, Harley Geiger, were quoted. “It’s crucial that users demand the highest level of security to both protect our personal privacy and mitigate the potential harm that can result from…

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