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CDT’s Tech Talk is a podcast where we dish on tech and Internet policy, while also explaining what these policies mean to our daily lives. In this episode, we talk about Cloudflare’s Project Galileo and Google’s Project Shield, which both offer nonprofits and journalists free services to defend against cyber attacks. We also talk to a data scientist about her course on data ethics.

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Discussing Democracy in the Digital Age

Addressing issues around privacy, cybersecurity, and online speech, and disinformation is essential to advancement of fundamental democratic rights in the digital age. And of course, you can’t address these issues if you don’t talk about them – and do so across partisan lines and oceans. Spurring those important nonpartisan, transatlantic conversations on tech issues is why CDT, the R Street, and the Delegation of the EU to the US are hosting the Tech Summer Series.

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FCC Informal Complaints Rule Change Raises Barriers to Justice

Written by CDT summer intern Alicia Loh Last Thursday, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) approved a seemingly small change to the language of its informal consumer complaints process that may have a huge practical effect on consumers. The change undermines the effectiveness of the informal complaint process, forcing consumers to use the more difficult and costly formal…

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Get to Knows CDT’s Fellows: Gautam Hans

Gautam Hans is an Assistant Clinical Professor of Law at Vanderbilt University. He is also one of CDT’s non-resident Fellows (and a CDT alum!), engaging with our policy teams to provide valuable insight from his research. In this Q & A we get to learn more about Gautam and his current work. 

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Illinois’ Supreme Court Should Affirm that Six Flags Violated the State’s Biometric Privacy Law

There is something unique about biometric information – literally, it’s one of a kind. Illinois’ Biometric Information Privacy Act (BIPA) provides some of the strongest legal protections for biometric data in the United States, but is being challenged by Six Flags. CDT urges the Illinois Supreme Court to uphold the strong biometric privacy protections in the state’s law.

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It's Time for National Privacy Protections

Privacy is on a winning streak and that is good for every single internet and smartphone user, or in today’s connected world, almost everyone. With the passage of the California Consumer Privacy Act, our most populous state has taken bold action to protect the privacy rights of its residents, and now it’s time for Congress to act so all Americans enjoy these same rights.

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A New Day for Privacy Dawns in California

California’s passage of AB 375, the California Consumer Privacy Act of 2018, reshapes the conversation about privacy law and regulation in the United States. CDT annotated key issues and concerns in the legislation, and we intend to track how these provisions are debated and potentially changed before January 1, 2020. We highlight five areas of the law that will require additional consideration from legislators, advocates and industry.

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The Privacies of Life

In Carpenter vs. United States, the Supreme Court held that law enforcement is required to obtain a warrant to access historical cell-site location information. In this slow but steady progress, the Court has grappled seriously with how to apply traditional notions of privacy – and limits on government intrusion – to a world in which data is much more easily generated, stored, transferred, and accessed by law enforcement. Unfortunately, the same cannot be said for our privacy protections with respect to commercial entities. Consumers rightfully expect privacy and security for their sensitive digital data regardless of whether it’s in the hands of the government or a private company. It is time for the federal government to establish baseline privacy protections that honor those expectations.

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