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Privacy Wins in a Landslide as House Passes Email Privacy Act

In a vote of 419-0, the US House of Representatives passed the Email Privacy Act (H.R. 699), which reforms the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA) to require a warrant for government to access digital communications stored in “the cloud”. The Center for Democracy & Technology (CDT) has been a leading advocate of ECPA reform and worked closely with a diverse coalition to advance this important legislation.

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ECPA Reform Takes a Leap Forward, Email Privacy Act to Receive a Vote

Today, the House Judiciary Committee unanimously advanced a version of the Email Privacy Act (H.R. 699) through Committee, giving the full House of Representatives the opportunity to vote on the important legislation. The bill would reform the 1986 Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA). CDT supports the advancement of the bill as amended by the Manager’s Substitute.

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Poor timing, scrambled strategy mar Feds' fight with Apple

Politico: “I don’t think the issue is going away, but I do think that these disclosures weaken the FBI’s call for mandated backdoors and strengthen the arguments of those who have said there are alternatives to those backdoors,” said Greg Nojeim, director of the Freedom, Security and Technology Project at the Center for Democracy and Technology. “The FBI’s claims that it can’t get in without provider assistance will be looked at more skeptically,” he said.

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A Win For Apple and Encryption, For Now

A federal court in California has vacated a hearing scheduled for tomorrow, March 22 in the FBI’s case against Apple. With the court issuing a stay in the case, it suspends the order seeking to compel Apple to unlock the iPhone of one of the shooters in the San Bernardino attacks. CDT filed an amicus brief in support of Apple in the case. With the FBI backing down on this case, this is at least a short-term win for Apple.

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CDT Files Brief in Support of Apple

The Center for Democracy & Technology (CDT) has filed an amicus brief in support of Apple in its challenge to the FBI order to unlock the cell phone of an attacker in the San Bernardino shootings. CDT’s brief addresses the inappropriate application of the All Writs Act in an attempt by the government to compel Apple to create a new, less secure, operating system for the phone. CDT has long opposed government-mandated backdoors in technology, and believes that strong encryption strengthens the security of our nation.

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UK Surveillance Bill Introduced with Rushed Process, Limited Regard for Human Rights Concerns

The United Kingdom’s new Investigatory Powers Bill has now been formally introduced to the UK Parliament by Home Secretary Theresa May. This introduction comes less than three weeks after a major parliamentary committee tasked with scrutinizing the Bill issued a highly critical report calling for significant changes. Perhaps not surprisingly, the newly published text appears to make few concessions to the serious human rights concerns that Members of Parliament and others have raised.

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Proposed National Encryption Commission: There's No Room for Compromise on Government Backdoors

Today, Representative Mike McCaul and Senator Mark Warner introduced a bill that would create the National Commission on Security and Technology, aimed at addressing issues around digital security technologies such as encryption. The Center for Democracy & Technology (CDT) welcomed the efforts of the bill’s sponsors to create an evenhanded commission that consists of diverse stakeholders, but expressed concerns about potential areas of focus for the commission.

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