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Guardian: Congress warned that drones present ‘a nightmare scenario for civil liberties’

The Guardian: House committee considering future of US airspace worries about unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) filming football games but silent on law enforcement use … Harley Geiger of the Center for Democracy and Technology warned the assembled legislators that they must heed privacy concerns before making the skies free for drones. “Here is a nightmare scenario for civil liberties: a network of law…

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CDT Welcomes Major Independent Report Proposing Overhaul of UK Surveillance Laws

CDT welcomed the public release of a highly anticipated report by the United Kingdom’s Independent Reviewer of Terrorism Legislation today. Following a lengthy consultation process to which CDT contributed expert evidence, the report strikes a firm and credible blow against the ever-expanding surveillance regime of the NSA’s closest partner. The report calls for a complete overhaul of the UK’s surveillance laws, judicial oversight of the interception of private communications, and greater transparency about the existence and use of surveillance powers.

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Latest Snowden Revelations Highlight Troubling Role of NSA in Cybersecurity

On Thursday, an article from the New York Times and ProPublica shed new light on the involvement of the National Security Agency (NSA) in the country’s cybersecurity efforts. The story highlights the NSA’s ability to conduct warrantless surveillance of Americans’ international internet traffic to search for malicious attacks. With numerous cybersecurity bills currently being debated…

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Victory: Passage of USA FREEDOM Act Reins in NSA Surveillance

Today the US Senate passed the USA FREEDOM Act without amendment, and the bill is now set to be signed into law by the President. “This is a generational win for privacy and transparency,” said CDT President & CEO Nuala O’Connor. “We’ve successfully restricted government surveillance, protecting the privacy of Americans and strengthening transparency, while preserving our national security. The…

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CDT Opposes Last Ditch Effort to Weaken USA FREEDOM Act

Last night, the Senate took an important step towards passage of the USA FREEDOM Act by approving a procedural vote to start debate 77-17. However, Senator McConnell introduced a number of amendments to weaken the bill. The amendments could be considered as early as tomorrow. The measures are unnecessary for security, weaken privacy, and risk a prolonged debate in the House during the ongoing lapse in Section 215 authority that began at midnight last night.

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Broad Coalition Blasts Bills to Reauthorize PATRIOT Act Authorities

Today a broad coalition spanning the political spectrum submitted a letter of opposition to separate leaked proposals from Senators Burr and Feinstein to modify surveillance laws in the wake of the Senate narrowly voting down the USA FREEDOM Act of 2015. Both proposals would extend PATRIOT Act authorities without ending domestic bulk collection or providing critical FISA Court transparency, while giving the government new powers to require private companies retain user data to aid surveillance.

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