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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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Court Hands Microsoft Major Win, Rules US Warrants Don’t Reach Data Outside the Country

In a unanimous decision, the Second US Circuit Court of Appeals handed Microsoft a complete victory in its challenge to the US government’s demand that Microsoft turn over emails stored in Ireland. The Court of Appeals held that a US warrant does not reach data stored outside of the United States. CDT filed an amicus brief in support of Microsoft in the case and the ruling tracks closely with CDT’s arguments.

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Senate Applies the Brakes To Anti-Privacy Amendment

Today, the Senate decided not to move forward with an amendment that would have permitted the FBI to access sensitive records – like browsing history and email logs – without a court order, as is currently required. The amendment, which was offered to the Commerce Justice Science, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act for FY2017, fell two votes short of the sixty votes required to advance.

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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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Privacy and Civil Liberties Protections at Heart of NTIA Best Practices for Drones

The National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) shared a consensus set of voluntary best practices for for commercial and private use of unmanned aircraft systems or drones. The Center for Democracy & Technology (CDT) participated in the multistakeholder process that resulted in the guidelines, which reflect input from civil society organizations, industry, and government entities.

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