Dear Speaker Ryan and Leader Pelosi –– The undersigned organizations strongly urge you to oppose H.R. 2666, the “No Rate Regulation of Broadband Internet Access Act.” A broad coalition wrote to you this week detailing the many ways this legislation would undermine the public interest and the Open Internet; we are particularly concerned about the bill’s impact on consumer privacy.
In order to reconcile the exciting possibilities of drone operations with privacy concerns, last year President Obama called on interested stakeholders to establish best practices for “privacy, accountability, and transparency issues” regarding UAS. Today, the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) announced that a group consisting of members of civil society (including CDT), trade groups, and companies has created a comprehensive consensus document.
The ‘Article 29 Working Party’, the body of European Data Protection Authorities (DPAs) published their eagerly awaited opinion on the EU-US Privacy Shield. In many ways, the delicate balance the DPAs strike in their analysis is consistent with expectations. Overall, the WP29 Opinion is neither a straightforward endorsement, nor a blanket rejection of the Privacy Shield.
An “official” discussion draft was released but minor the fact that the new version contains only small, technical changes is concerning, and may be an indication that the crypto “debate” happening on Capitol Hill is not so much of a debate as it is a misunderstanding of what tech policy advocates are concerned about when it comes to backdoors.
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