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Court Hands Microsoft Major Win, Rules US Warrants Don’t Reach Data Outside the Country

In a unanimous decision, the Second US Circuit Court of Appeals handed Microsoft a complete victory in its challenge to the US government’s demand that Microsoft turn over emails stored in Ireland. The Court of Appeals held that a US warrant does not reach data stored outside of the United States. CDT filed an amicus brief in support of Microsoft in the case and the ruling tracks closely with CDT’s arguments.

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Companies Should Do Better Than Weak NTIA “Best Practices” on Facial Recognition

Over the last two and a half years, the NTIA convened a multi-stakeholder process to develop best practices for companies using facial recognition technology. The resulting document, “Privacy Best Practice Recommendations for Commercial Facial Recognition Use,” was finalized today and lacks both guidance for businesses and protection for individuals. CDT, along with other civil society groups, withdrew from the process when it became clear that the process would not result in meaningful guidelines.

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A Win for Net Neutrality as Court Upholds FCC Order

The D.C. Circuit released its opinion today in US Telecom v FCC, handing a historic victory to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), net neutrality advocates, and consumers. In a 2-1 decision, the Court of Appeals upheld reclassification for both fixed and mobile broadband services, preserving the FCC’s ability to ensure that carriers treat equally all traffic crossing their networks.

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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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