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Facebook 'likes' could land immigrants, naturalized citizens in trouble with fed

Detroit Free Press: According to legal and privacy experts, a DHS policy made public on Sept. 18 could send the country into uncharted territory when it comes to immigration protocol by targeting permanent residents and naturalized citizens for their online activities. Nuala O’Connor, director of the Washington, D.C.-based Center for Democracy & Technology, said that she is deeply concerned about the scope of inquiry given the Trump administration’s actions on immigration and that it’s uncertain how the policy will play out in practice.

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DHS Rule Allowing Collection of Immigrant Social Media Information is an Affront to Human Dignity

The Center for Democracy & Technology (CDT) is disappointed with the recently published Department of Homeland Security (DHS) rule that will expand the information DHS says it collects on immigrants to include social media handles and aliases, search results, and “associated identifiable information.” The rule, which takes effect on Oct. 18, 2017, will apply to lawful permanent residents, naturalized U.S. citizens, their relatives and associates, and many who assist in immigration proceedings.

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Passing Through Airport Security With the Touch of a Finger

New York Times: A company called Clear is using fingerprints and iris scans to spare some passengers the first phase of the T.S.A.’s security airport screening process — the document-verification checkpoint and its line. Clear says it can speed fliers through checkpoints while maintaining tight security. But the rollout process has been slow — Clear is available only in some terminals at 24 domestic airports — an earlier iteration of the company had a data security issue.

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CDT Files Complaint with the FTC on Hotspot Shield VPN

For many Americans looking to protect their online privacy, virtual private networks, or VPNs, are a good option. However, a popular free VPN, Hotspot Shield, promises to protect its users’ privacy but has undisclosed data sharing and traffic redirection practices that violate that promise. As a result, CDT has asked the FTC to investigate the data security and data sharing practices of Hotspot Shield Free Virtual Private Network (VPN) services, which we believe should be considered unfair and deceptive trade practices.

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GOP Data Firm Accidentally Leaks Personal Details of Nearly 200 Million American Voters

Gizmodo: Although files possessed by Deep Root would be typical in any campaign, Republican or Democratic, experts say its exposure in a single open database raises significant privacy concerns. “This is valuable for people who have nefarious purposes,” Joseph Lorenzo Hall, the chief technologist at the Center for Democracy and Technology, said of the data.

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Understanding Bias in Algorithmic Design

ASME Demand: A.R. Lange and Natasha Duarte discuss how human judgments are reflected in data-driven decision-making, and how unexamined value-laden software can have unintended discriminatory effects that perpetuate structural inequality.

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