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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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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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