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.


ICE Using Powerful Stingray Surveillance Devices In Deportation Searches

By Nathan Freed Wessler, Staff Attorney, ACLU Speech, Privacy, and Technology Project May 23, 2017 | 10:15 AM Amid news that immigration arrests are rising sharply under the Trump Administration, the Detroit News... Read More

Privacy and Technology

A Victory for Digital Privacy: AB 165 Halted in California Assembly

Sacramento, CA— Facing staunch coalition opposition, Assembly Member Jim Cooper has pulled AB 165 from consideration by the Assembly Privacy and Consumer Protection Committee. More than 60 leading civil rights... Read More

Privacy and Technology

ACLU to San Diego Sheriff: Drones Should Never Fly Under the Public’s Radar

Updated: On March 14, 2016, Lt. Jason Vickery, from the San Diego County Sheriff's Department, was asked in a KPBS Midday Edition interview if there were plans for public hearings to gather input from the entire San... Read More

The Real Stakes of Apple’s Fight with the FBI

This post, originally published by Time, is by Alex Abdo, staff attorney with the ACLU's Speech, Privacy, and Technology Project. On Tuesday, the government obtained a court order compelling... Read More

Privacy and Technology

Voters Concerned About Digital Privacy, Want to Increase Protections from Warrantless Searches

  Sacramento, CA – By overwhelming majorities, California voters are concerned about their digital privacy and support efforts to increase protections included in the California Electronic Privacy... Read More