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CDT Argues for Limits on Government Searches of Copied Hard Drives

The Center for Democracy & Technology (CDT) has filed an amicus brief calling on the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals to set limits on government use of information copied from a computer hard drive seized with a warrant. The joint brief argues that once the government has effectuated a warrant by copying a computer hard drive, it should dispose of the information irrelevant to the crime for which the warrant was issued.

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Broad Coalition Rallies Against Cyber-Surveillance Legislation

Today, CDT and many other tech and privacy groups are engaging in a day of action, rallying to highlight privacy and security problems with the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act (CISA), which may be coming to the Senate floor this week. CDT opposes the bill and will support amendments that would reduce these privacy and security concerns. CDT, along with other civil society organizations and security experts, also signed on to a letter urging the White House to issue a veto threat, as it has for previous cybersecurity information sharing legislation that raised similar concerns.

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CIO Review: Why Offensive Countermeasures Weaken Our Cybersecurity

CDT President and CEO Nuala O’Connor in CIO Review: “Offensive or retaliatory cyber countermeasures are generally prohibited under current law, specifically the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act. This is a good thing, because there are a myriad of serious problems with a company launching offensive countermeasures. While countermeasures may be designed to prevent harms, such as ones aimed at…

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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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