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CDT Joins Over 40 Organizations Calling on Congress to Address Data-Driven Discrimination

CDT joined 42 other civil society organizations in a letter to Congress calling on legislators to protect civil rights, equity, and equal opportunity in the digital ecosystem. As members of Congress continue to hold hearings and introduce legislation on digital privacy, they must address the data security and privacy abuses that disproportionately harm marginalized communities.

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Has the fight over privacy changed at all in 2019?

Tech Crunch: Few issues divide the tech community quite like privacy. Much of Silicon Valley’s wealth has been built on data-driven advertising platforms, and yet, there remain constant concerns about the invasiveness of those platforms. Yet with global platform usage and service sales continuing to tick up, we asked a panel of eight privacy experts: “Has anything fundamentally changed around privacy in tech in 2019? What is the state of privacy and has the outlook changed?” CDT President & CEO Nuala O’Connor responds here.

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Will Scooters Ride Away with Your Privacy?

Dockless mobility services generate a tremendous amount of data that could potentially improve transportation infrastructure, and cities are racing to create new data standards to collect and analyze mobility data. The Los Angeles Department of Transportation is undertaking its own pilot program to address concerns around privacy and data generated by scooters, and CDT would like to see key privacy and security practices implemented.

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Helping Consumers Choose a Trustworthy VPN

CDT has launched an initiative aimed at helping consumers better understand VPNs and assess their trustworthiness. CDT developed a series of questions and recommendations for VPN providers that, when addressed completely, serve as a strong signal that the VPN can be trusted with your personal browsing information and web traffic. The framework was developed in consultation with a number of leading VPN providers, many of which proactively answered CDT’s questions, providing greater transparency about their data practices.

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Congress, Set a Strong Privacy Baseline for US Citizens

“Industry is pleading with Congress to write a federal privacy law and Congress should use this historic opportunity to pass strong privacy legislation. We urge members to shift their focus from how individual users can navigate privacy policies to what systemic changes industry should make in the way they collect and use our data.”

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Where Are the Data Brokers?

CDT’s Joseph Jerome in Slate: On Wednesday, the Senate Commerce Committee will hold a hearing called “Examining Safeguards for Consumer Data Privacy”. But the hearing, like the national conversation, will pay too much attention to the online data practices of big technology companies that people are already aware of. No one from a data broker—or a company that collects and sells or licenses the personal data of individuals with whom it has no business relationship—will be at the hearing.

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