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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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CDT and Fitbit Develop Guidelines for Privacy and Research for Wearables Industry

In a first of its kind partnership with a wearables company, Fitbit (NYSE: FIT) invited the Center for Democracy & Technology (CDT), a leading advocacy group dedicated to protecting global online civil liberties, into its research labs to explore how privacy and ethics come into play in the research and development (R&D) process. The result of this collaboration is a report that offers guidance on privacy-protective and ethical internal research procedures for wearable technology companies.

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Narrow Supreme Court Ruling in Spokeo Case Leaves Many Questions

The US Supreme Court ruled narrowly today in Spokeo v. Robins 6-2 in favor of Spokeo — a potential setback for the privacy rights of all internet users. The case addressed whether Thomas Robins has standing to sue Spokeo under the Fair Credit Reporting Act for returning inaccurate information about him through Spokeo’s “people search engine.”

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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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FCC Moves Forward With Plan to Protect Broadband Customers' Privacy

Today, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) convened an open meeting at which it adopted a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) on broadband privacy regulations. The Commission’s action is a significant step toward enhancing the privacy protections of broadband customers. Although the text of the NPRM is not yet public, the previously released fact sheet and the description of the item at today’s open meeting suggest that the NPRM will draw from key concepts in existing rules for telecommunications carriers and provide customers with choice.

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FCC Seizing Opportunity To Protect Privacy of Broadband Consumers

FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler placed on circulation a Notice of Proposed Rule Making regarding privacy protections for broadband Internet access service subscribers. Overall, CDT agrees with the thoughtful approach that Chairman Wheeler outlines in his fact sheet. It addresses the importance of giving consumers effective notice and control over their personal information by strengthening consumer choice, transparency, and data security.

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Communicators Discussion on Encryption

C-SPAN: Josh Zive and Chris Calabrese discussed encryption and the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s desire to have Apple provide a way to retrieve data from the cell phone of one of the suspects in the San Bernardino terrorism case. They discussed the significance of the situation for communications, for tech companies, for civil liberties, and for law enforcement in the digital age.

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