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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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Coalition Strongly Opposes Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act

The Center for Democracy & Technology (CDT), other civil liberties organizations, and security experts sent a clear message to the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence about a cybersecurity bill it will soon consider: The Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act of 2015 (CISA) would undermine privacy and civil liberties. A letter they sent to the Committee highlighted the most glaring problems…

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US and UK Government SIM Card Hack Threat to Privacy, Infrastructure Security

Yesterday, The Intercept reported that the US National Security Agency (NSA) and the British Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) collaborated to hack the network of the world’s largest SIM card manufacturer and obtained the encryption keys that protect the privacy of cell phone communications. The Center for Technology & Democracy (CDT) released the following statement in response: “Almost everyone…

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The Guardian: Privacy experts question Obama's plan for new agency to counter cyber threats

Greg Nojeim, CDT’s Senior Counsel and Director of the Freedom, Security and Technology Project, spoke with Spencer Ackerman of The Guardian, discussing the need for the President’s latest potential initiative: a new agency spurred by the massive Sony hack that critics fear will expand the government’s role into monitoring online data networks on security grounds. Read the full article here.

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