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UK Parliament Report Rejects Encryption Backdoors, Other Parts of Sweeping Surveillance Bill

The UK Parliament’s Draft Investigatory Powers Bill Joint Committee—a group of Members of Parliament charged with assessing a draft of sweeping new surveillance legislation—issued an important report recommending significant changes to the proposed law. The Committee’s report explicitly opposes any government effort to require encryption backdoors, urges the adoption of clearer definitions of key terms, recommends that the new body that would authorize UK surveillance be more independent, and calls out provisions for supposedly “targeted” surveillance that could be abused by authorities who wish to spy on large numbers of people.

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Can EU-US data pact survive without surveillance reform?

Christian Science Monitor: The deal would introduce the idea of “essential equivalence” between how privacy laws are interpreted and applied in the EU and in the US, said Chris Calabrese, vice president for policy at the Center for Democracy and Technology, a tech advocacy group in Washington. But it does not eliminate the government’s authority to force American firms to disclose data under the aegis of counter-terrorism. And that could be a problem from the EU Court of Justice’s point of view, said Mr. Calabrese.

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EU and US Reach New Data-Sharing Agreement

Associated Press: “Absent reform of U.S. surveillance law, it is highly unlikely that the Privacy Shield agreement will be deemed sufficient by the (European) Court of Justice,” said Jens-Henrik Jeppesen, director of European affairs. He called on the U.S. Congress to swiftly move to reform its surveillance law and for EU member states to narrow their own surveillance laws and practices to also be more aligned with international human rights norms.

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New Privacy Deal May Not Actually Stop U.S. Snooping

“While the agreement should provide some increased privacy protections for the personal data of EU citizens, ultimately without reform of U.S. surveillance law, Privacy Shield will not be enough,” Jens-Henrik Jeppesen, the director for European affairs at the nonprofit Center for Democracy & Technology, told The Huffington Post in an email.

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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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Data Protection Agreement to Bring Major Changes to EU Privacy Law

Yesterday, the European Union Parliament and European Council negotiators reached agreement on the long-awaited General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). Member States will have two years to comply with the regulation once it is formally passed in early 2016. The Center for Democracy & Technology (CDT) welcomes the agreement, but remains concerned about a number of aspects.

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EU Copyright Reform: Computer & Comms Industry, Press, Other Major Stakeholders Raise Concerns

Forbes: The Computer & Communications Industry Association (CCIA) announced Tuesday that it and other members of the coalition, including the Center for Democracy and Technology (CDT), sent letters to First Vice-President of the European Commission Frans Timmermans and to Members of the European Parliament, raising concerns about lack of adequate consultation with stakeholders prior to the scheduled release on December 9th of the Communication from the European Commission to the European Parliament on copyright reform.

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Paris attacks should be ‘wake up call’ for more digital surveillance, CIA director says

Washington Post: In the Paris attack, Center for Democracy and Technology human rights and surveillance fellow Sarah St. Vincent said lack of transparency about the country’s new surveillance laws makes it hard to tell to what went wrong. “There hasn’t been enough information available that could give the legislature or the public a way to evaluate if they are effective,” she said.

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