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Coalition Condemns DHS Proposal to Demand Passwords to Enter the U.S.

In a statement released today, a broad coalition rejected the idea proposed by DHS Secretary John Kelly that DHS could begin requiring visa applicants from certain countries to provide social media account passwords as a condition of entering the U.S. The practice of demanding social media passwords on visa application forms, which Secretary Kelly raised at a hearing before the House Homeland Security Committee on February 7th, 2017, would not increase the security of U.S. citizens and would jeopardize the fundamental rights of people in the U.S. and abroad.

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Latest Microsoft-Ireland Case Ruling Affirms U.S. Warrants Do Not Reach Data Stored Outside the U.S.

The Second Circuit Court of Appeals today denied the U.S. government’s petition for a rehearing in the Microsoft-Ireland case, effectively sending resolution of the issue of the scope of U.S. warrants to the Supreme Court, Congress, or both. The appellate court left in place the decision of a 3-judge panel, which found that U.S. warrants cannot compel Microsoft to disclose communications it stores in Ireland. CDT welcomes the decision.

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Michelle De Mooy Promoted to Director of Privacy & Data Project

CDT is pleased to announce the promotion of Michelle De Mooy to Director of the Privacy & Data Project. Michelle began her time at CDT as the project’s Deputy Director, and was most recently its Acting Director. In 2017, she will focus on harmonizing privacy and security standards in the Internet of Things, exploring the role of data deletion policy and technologies in privacy and security, and investigating how concepts in data portability and data sovereignty might serve the interests of data protection regimes.

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FCC Proposal on Broadband Privacy Offers Meaningful Protections for Consumers

Today, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) circulated a fact sheet describing a modified Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that would extend robust privacy protections to broadband internet customers. This proposal promises to give consumers meaningful control over how their information is used and shared by broadband providers. CDT has long expressed support for strong customer controls over personal information.

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Realizing the potential of drones, yet preserving our privacy

CDT’s Nuala O’Connor and AUVSI’s Brian Wynne in TechCrunch: Drones, much like smartphones and tablets before them, have the potential to revolutionize our lives in many ways. However, as with any new technology, some people have concerns. In the case of drone technology, one we hear often is the possible invasion of privacy. That’s why stakeholders from the UAS industry, civil liberties organizations and government agencies have been working together to help facilitate the safe, responsible and ethical use of drones, while still supporting the growth and development of this cutting-edge technology.

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