State Location Privacy Survey
In just the last three years, state legislatures across the country have made important strides in securing privacy protections for location records generated by cell phones and other electronic devices. Those are the records that show where you are and where you have been based on communications between your mobile device and the nearest cellular tower,…
As ECPA reform legislation continues to gather strong support, some have called for a new provision changing this rule to mandate compliance with any emergency request for user data or content.Such a change is both unnecessary, and would raise significant privacy and security problems.
Today, CDT and many other tech and privacy groups are engaging in a day of action, rallying to highlight privacy and security problems with the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act (CISA), which may be coming to the Senate floor this week. CDT opposes the bill and will support amendments that would reduce these privacy and security concerns. CDT, along with other civil society organizations and security experts, also signed on to a letter urging the White House to issue a veto threat, as it has for previous cybersecurity information sharing legislation that raised similar concerns.
New Hampshire became the ninth state to enact legislation reigning in warrantless law enforcement access to location records generated by cell phones and other electronic devices. Location records show where you are and have been, based on communications between your mobile device and the nearest cellular tower, and other electronic location tracking techniques such as GPS. The New Hampshire legislation prohibits the government from obtaining “location information from an electronic device without a warrant issued by a judge based on probable cause and on a case-by-case basis.”
If you’ve used the internet, you’ve probably created a password. There’s a lot of advice out there about creating passwords: use uppercase! use lowercase! Use numbers! Symbols! Don’t use a dictionary word! Use many dictionary words in a passphrase! There is so much advice, and so much of it is conflicting, and often it comes without any explanation. In this post, I’ll detail what a good password is (and why), give you some tools to help remember your password, and give a few other simple ways to help protect your account.
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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.