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CDT Calls for Judicial Oversight of FBI Information Demands

The Center for Democracy and Technology today called for judicial oversight of National Security Letters (NSLs); the documents are used by the FBI when seeking records containing sensitive personal information. Successive Inspector General reports have uncovered abuses and mistakes by the FBI in issuing the NSLs. In testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee, CDT’s Greg…

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CDT Corrects the Record About Security of Personal Data on REAL ID Cards

Today CDT sent a letter to the Senate Judiciary Committee highlighting Department of Homeland Security Michael Chertoff’s recent testimony in which he wrongly asserted that the personal information stored on REAL ID cards will be safe from unauthorized access, and accused privacy advocates of spreading “misinformation.â€? In fact, the REAL ID Act and regulations mandate that Americans’ personal…

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CDT Weighs In On Mayfield Case

In a brief filed today with the Ninth Circuit of Appeals, the Center for Democracy & Technology asked the court to strike down a provision of the Patriot Act as unconstitutional. That provision allows the government to use intelligence authorities to conduct searches for criminal purposes without first having probable cause of a crime. CDT and three…

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House Passes Compromise Surveillance Bill

CDT applauded the House of Representatives today for passing a compromise intelligence surveillance bill. CDT urges the Senate to adopt the bill’s provisions protecting privacy and promoting accountability. The House bill requires prior judicial authorization of procedures governing surveillance targeting people abroad who may be communicating with people in the U.S., but does not require individual orders…

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CDT Urges Support for Compromise FISA Bill

Calling the legislation a "responsible compromise," the Center for Democracy & Technology urged members of Congress to support a House leadership bill amending the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act. The House is expected to vote this week on the legislation, which represents a compromise between a measure previously passed by the House and a competing Senate version favored by the…

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Supreme Court Declines to Hear Wiretap Case

The Supreme Court today turned aside a legal challenge to the Administration’s warrantless wiretaps, declining to review a lower court decision dismissing the case because the names of those being spied on are secret. “The Court’s decision allows the government to avoid accountability for its actions, making it less likely that we’ll ever get a legal ruling on…

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House Rejects Short Term Extension of Protect America Act

The House of Representatives today rejected a three-week extension of the Protect America Act – the legislation it passed in August at the request of the President to expand NSA surveillance authorities. Although the Protect America Act expires in just three days, the President had threatened to veto any extension of the law in an effort to…

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REAL ID Rule Represents Worst of Both Worlds

Final regulations issued by the Department of Homeland Security have rendered the REAL ID Act, intended to strengthen processes for issuance of driver’s licenses nationwide, virtually useless as a security measure, while exacerbating privacy problems, CDT concluded in a comprehensive analysis of the rules, which were issued last month. CDT is urging Congress to enact legislation addressing concerns…

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Government Fails to Enforce Privacy on New IDs

Balancing national security and civil liberties requires delicate diplomacy to ensure a balance between legitimate security needs and the privacy rights of Americans. Since 9/11, preserving that balance has been ignored and forgotten. Earlier this month, the Department of Homeland Security had a chance to get it right when it released new rules for implementing the Real ID Act….

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