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CDT Supports the Protecting Data at the Border Act

Today, Senators Wyden (D-OR) and Paul (R-KY) and Representatives Polis (D-CO), Farenthold (R-TX), Smith (D-WA), and Beyer (D-VA) introduced the Protecting Data at the Border Act, which would require the government to obtain a warrant to search the data of U.S. persons. CDT supports the bill and believes, as the bill’s sponsors say, that our “Constitutional rights shouldn’t disappear at the border.”

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How to Keep Your Internet Browser History Private

Teen Vogue: Congress has sold out your browsing habits to advertisers, passing a law that allows internet service providers that provide your broadband connection to sell your data without asking for permission first. Protecting yourself isn’t as easy as many make it out. Here’s the steps you should take to keep your data from being gathered up and sold to the highest bidder.

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House Votes to Strip Privacy Protections from Broadband Users

Echoing the Senate vote last week, today the United States House of Representatives voted to permanently strip Americans of common sense privacy and security protections for some of their most sensitive personal information. In a 215-205 vote, the House approved a Congressional Review Act (CRA) measure to reverse the Federal Communications Commission (FCC)’s broadband privacy rules. The measure also prevents the FCC from passing substantially similar rules to protect broadband customers’ privacy in the future.

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Senate Votes to Strip Privacy Protections from Broadband Users

Today the Senate voted to permanently strip Americans of privacy and security protections for some of their most sensitive personal information. In a 50–48 vote, the Senate approved a Congressional Review Act (CRA) measure to reverse the Federal Communications Commission (FCC)’s common-sense broadband privacy rules. The measure also prevents the FCC from passing substantially similar rules to protect broadband customers’ privacy in the future.

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Congressional Resolution Would Strip Internet Users of Privacy Protections

Senator Flake and 21 cosponsors introduced a resolution under the Congressional Review Act to strip internet users of critical privacy and security protections for the sensitive information they share with their internet service providers. If passed, the measure would permanently reverse the Federal Communications Commission’s broadband privacy rules. CDT strongly opposed this resolution.

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Coalition Condemns DHS Proposal to Demand Passwords to Enter the U.S.

In a statement released today, a broad coalition rejected the idea proposed by DHS Secretary John Kelly that DHS could begin requiring visa applicants from certain countries to provide social media account passwords as a condition of entering the U.S. The practice of demanding social media passwords on visa application forms, which Secretary Kelly raised at a hearing before the House Homeland Security Committee on February 7th, 2017, would not increase the security of U.S. citizens and would jeopardize the fundamental rights of people in the U.S. and abroad.

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Latest Microsoft-Ireland Case Ruling Affirms U.S. Warrants Do Not Reach Data Stored Outside the U.S.

The Second Circuit Court of Appeals today denied the U.S. government’s petition for a rehearing in the Microsoft-Ireland case, effectively sending resolution of the issue of the scope of U.S. warrants to the Supreme Court, Congress, or both. The appellate court left in place the decision of a 3-judge panel, which found that U.S. warrants cannot compel Microsoft to disclose communications it stores in Ireland. CDT welcomes the decision.

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