A federal appeals court in Manhattan heard oral arguments in Microsoft’s challenge to the US government’s warrant to compel the company to disclose a customer’s email stored in a data center in Ireland. The Center for Democracy & Technology (CDT) believes that neither a warrant nor a subpoena is sufficient to reach data stored outside the US and sides…
Today, the re:Create Coalition, of which the Center for Democracy & Technology is a member, sent a letter to Congress regarding Copyright Office modernization. As the letter notes, there is no consensus, even among re:Create members, of what it means to modernize the Copyright Office. In CDT’s view, the debate about moving the Office distracts us from more important questions around improving core functions of the Office.
“The EU should suspend the ‘Safe Harbor’ agreement with the US.” This is one of the conclusions of the Advocate General of the Court of Justice of the EU, in his 23 September opinion on the ‘Schrems case’, and the one that has drawn the most headlines. However, the reality is that if the CJEU were to follow the AG’s guidance and strike down the Safe Harbour Agreement, it would do little.
Yesterday, the Senate Judiciary Committee conducted a hearing to discuss amending the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA) – an Act in desperate need of reform in light of the many technological innovations and developments that have proliferated since 1986, the year it was passed. The ECPA reform process was meant to bring the statute up to par with what the vast majority of Americans expect and are entitled to: the same protections for their personal emails, text messages, and other private Internet communications as those afforded to their private letters locked away in a desk.
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The Electronic Communications Privacy Act was created in 1986, before emails, cloud computing, and social networking were mainstream. CDT is fighting for much needed reform of ECPA to require a warrant for any searches of your private online communications.