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USA RIGHTS Act Offers Strong 702 Surveillance Reform

Today, the USA RIGHTS Act, which is aimed at reforming a secretive government surveillance program, was introduced in both the Senate and House of Representatives. The bipartisan bill, which would make major changes to Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA), would create stronger protections for the rights of American citizens while also allowing intelligence agencies to conduct targeted surveillance. The Center for Democracy & Technology (CDT) supports the USA RIGHTS Act and believes it is the best proposal currently before Congress. Section 702 is set to expire at the end of 2017 unless Congress acts.

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EU-US “Privacy Shield”: A Partial, Interim Solution

Today the European Commission outlined an EU-US agreement on a framework for transatlantic data flows – the “Privacy Shield”. The agreement is intended to replace the Safe Harbor agreement, struck down by the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) in October 2015. The text of the agreement was not released and is not expected to be released for several weeks. CDT offers our initial thoughts.

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EU Safe Harbour Ruling Should Reinvigorate Surveillance Reform Efforts

In a ruling that will reverberate across the tech sector and other industries in both the United States and Europe, the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) ruled that the EU-US Safe Harbour agreement is invalid. The ruling, which is mostly a response to revelations about the US Government’s surveillance practices, complicates the legal framework for companies that transfer their users’ data under the agreement and should generate a new round of surveillance reform efforts in both the US and Europe.

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PCLOB Report Fails to Offer Necessary 702 Reforms

Today the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board released a report on Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act. That section permits the government to compel US companies to assist with surveillance that targets people and entities reasonably believed to be abroad. “The Board’s report is a tremendous disappointment,” said CDT President Nuala O’Connor. “Even 

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CDT Urges PCLOB to Account For Global Human Rights In Surveillance Debate

The Center for Democracy & Technology (CDT) has joined a broad international coalition of civil liberties and human rights organizations and advocates in urging the newly empowered Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board (PCLOB) to factor in the universal human rights of so-called “non-U.S. persons” when making recommendations around the U.S. surveillance programs. In a letter submitted to Board members…

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