Privacy and Technology
Privacy rights are a fundamental American value
Technological advances and civil liberties can coexist.
Privacy, including the right to be free from unwarranted government surveillance, is guaranteed under the California Constitution. The people–not the government or corporations–should determine how and when others can access our personal information.
Right now, technological innovation has outpaced our privacy protections. As a result, our digital footprint can be tracked by government and corporations in ways that were just recently unimaginable. This includes our communications, whereabouts, online searches, purchases, and even our bodies. When the government has easy access to this information, we lose more than just privacy and control over our information. Free speech, security, and equality suffer as well.
We work to ensure that civil liberties are protected as technology advances. Americans shouldn’t have to choose between using new technologies and protecting their privacy rights. The ACLU is at the forefront of making sure that the Fourth Amendment’s ban on unreasonable searches extends to digital property, so that our data remains our own.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 16, 2019 Media Contact: Daisy Vieyra [email protected]; 916-824-3266 SACRAMENTO–Today, the California Senate Appropriations Committee refused to advance SB 561, a bill that would... Read More
California Assembly Privacy Committee Kills Consumer Privacy Bill and Only Hears Tech-Sponsored Bills
SACRAMENTO–Today, the California Assembly Privacy Committee will hear only consumer privacy bills promoted by tech companies to weaken the Digital. This comes after AB 1760, a bill to strengthen privacy protections... Read More
In recent months, we have seen a surge in the use of surveillance technologies, as they have become more powerful and easily available. These technologies collect information about our whereabouts and other sensitive... Read More