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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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How Phones Can Help Predict Thunderstorms

Atlantic: In the last five years, however, the number of pressure sensors in the world has exploded because smartphone manufacturers have started putting them in their phones, mainly to help determine a device’s altitude for location tracking. “Altitude is potentially as sensitive as other geolocation information, which is highly sensitive,” said Joseph Lorenzo Hall, chief technologist at CDT.

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There's No Such Thing as Innocuous Personal Data

Slate: When you think about which of your devices and apps contain your most sensitive data, you probably think about your text messages, Gchats, or Reddit account. The fitness tracking device you’re sporting right now may not immediately come to mind. After all, what can people really learn about you from your heart rate or your step count? More than you might think.

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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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