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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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National Journal: British Access to NSA Spying Was Illegal, Court Rules

The surprising rebuke could portend further legal challenges in Europe to the U.S. government’s international surveillance programs. A British court ruled Friday that the United Kingdom’s access to spying data collected by the National Security Agency was illegal until just two months ago, marking one of the sharpest legal rebukes of government surveillance in the post-Snowden era. The sharing arrangement was…

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Congress Moves Forward on Protecting Americans’ Digital Privacy

Today, bills in both the U.S. House and Senate were introduced to update the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA). The bills would update the nearly 20 year-old law and enhance the privacy protections of information stored digitally in the cloud, including emails. The Center for Democracy & Technology (CDT) has long advocated for ECPA reform, demanding that a warrant…

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CDT to Testify that Cybersecurity Legislation Can Promote Both Security and Privacy

Today, at 2:30 pm ET, the U.S. Senate Committee on Homeland Security & Government Affairs will hold a hearing on cybersecurity, “Protecting America from Cyber Attacks: The Importance of Information Sharing.” Greg Nojeim, Senior Counsel at the Center for Democracy & Technology, will testify before the Committee, stressing that cybersecurity and information sharing can be enhanced while…

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CBS News: Was the State of the Union Finally an Agenda for the 21st Century?

CDT’s Senior Policy Director, Chris Calabrese, spoke with Stephanie Condon of CBS News about President Obama’s cyber proposals mentioned during the State of the Union. Earlier in the month, Mr. Obama put forward a series of cyber-related proposals, including a plan to expand broadband access, create new online consumer protections, and enhance corporate and government cybersecurity measures. Chris Calabrese argues that…

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Bloomberg: Obama Revives Consumer Privacy and Security Proposals

CDT’s Nuala O’Connor provides commentary for Cheryl Bolen of Bloomberg BNA’s article about President Obama’s list of data security and privacy policy legislative proposals. The proposals and initiatives announced by the White House drew immediate praise from CDT. “For too long, it has been America’s companies taking the lead in protecting the privacy of consumers without clear or consistent guidance…

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