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FOIA Request for ICE on Commercial License Plate Reader Database

The United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency recently issued a contract request for query-based access to a commercial license plate reader database. We filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request with ICE seeking information on the contract, as well as any internal training materials, policy memos, and documents related to how ICE agents plan to use the commercial database and LPR data.

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Mixed Messages? The Limits of Automated Social Media Content Analysis

This paper explains the capabilities and limitations of tools for analyzing the text of social media posts and other online content. It is intended to help policymakers understand and evaluate available tools and the potential consequences of using them, and focuses specifically on the use of natural language processing (NLP) tools for analyzing the text of social media posts.

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FTC Informational Injury Workshop P175413 –– Comments

Privacy violations are by their nature contextual, making them difficult for individuals to evaluate and regulators to quantify. Two important elements should be included in the Commission’s consideration of information injury: first, user control, or lack thereof, should be an important component of the Commission’s analysis of unfair acts or practices. Second, while expanded individual rights to information could serve to counterbalance the risk of privacy violations, information asymmetries limit an individual’s ability to make informed decisions about privacy and security.

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CDT Statement on Government Use of Algorithmic Decision-Making Tools to NYC Council Committee on Technology

The City of New York has an obligation to understand, scrutinize, and explain how its algorithms make decisions affecting New Yorkers. At minimum, the city should ensure and demonstrate to the public that NYC’s algorithmic decision-making tools (1) are aligned with the city’s policy goals and the public interest; (2) work as intended; (3) do not use data to marginalize minority or vulnerable populations and exacerbate inequality; (4) provide meaningful transparency to New Yorkers so that they can appeal and seek remedy for automated decisions that are incorrect, unjust, or contrary to law.

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CDT Supreme Court Amicus Brief in Carpenter v. US

This fall, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments in Carpenter v. U.S., a case to determine whether the 4th Amendment requires law enforcement to obtain a warrant to access location data held by a cell phone company. In this case, the government obtained four months of stored location records with a less protective court order while investigating a robbery.

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CDT's Complaint to the FTC on Hotspot Shield VPN

CDT asks the FTC to investigate the data security and data sharing practices of Hotspot Shield Free Virtual Private Network (VPN) services, a product of AnchorFree, Inc. Hotspot Shield Free VPN promises secure, private, and anonymous access to the internet. This complaint concerns undisclosed and unclear data sharing and traffic redirection occurring in Hotspot Shield Free VPN that should be considered unfair and deceptive trade practices under Section 5 of the FTC Act.

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Follow-up Comments for the FTC / NHTSA “Connected Cars – Workshop, Project No. P175403

The connected vehicle ecosystem consists of a growing network of automakers, telecom companies, telematics service providers, insurance companies, and a host of other players sprawled across disparate distribution channels. To add to an already crowded landscape, automakers are proactively harnessing partnerships with AI developers and ride-sharing companies, as well as entertainment and social media companies like Facebook that are eager to have a in-vehicle presence.

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CDT’S Guide to Defining Technical Terms in State Privacy Legislation

State legislators and regulators face unprecedented privacy and security policy issues related to new technologies. Accurate definitions of key technologies, processes, or subject areas, then, are critical to enabling state lawmakers to express their legislative intent, correctly scope implementation of a law, and effectively protect personal privacy. Such definitions should be technically-sound, durable, accurate, and provide options for achieving the intended results of the bill’s author.

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