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.

Press Releases

California Legislature Caves to Big Tech Pressure Again and Undermines Consumer Privacy Rights

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 16, 2019 Media Contact: Daisy Vieyra dvieyra@acluca.org; 916-824-3266 SACRAMENTO–Today, the California Senate Appropriations Committee refused to advance SB 561, a bill that would... Read More

Privacy and Technology

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

Privacy and Technology

Privacy for All (AB 1760)

Advances in technology and drastic changes in business practices have outpaced the law. The lack of adequate privacy protections has undercut the privacy, safety, and financial security of Californians, with disparate... Read More

Privacy and Technology

Secret Surveillance Is Happening in Our Communities. How Do We Protect Ourselves?

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

Privacy and Technology

Stop Secretive Surveillance (SB 1186)

Californians deserve a voice and a seat at the table when it comes to law enforcement’s acquisition of surveillance technologies. Unfortunately, that is rarely the case in California, where law enforcement’s use of... Read More