Privacy and Technology
“The fact that technology now allows an individual to carry such information in his hand does not make the information any less worthy of the protection for which the Founders fought.”
—U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts in Riley v. California (2014)
Technological innovation has outpaced our privacy protections. As a result, our digital footprint can be tracked by the government and corporations in ways that were once unthinkable. 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.
The concept of an individual's right to privacy has developed in the courts from the implicit guarantees of other amendments in the Constitution such as the Fourth Amendment right to be free from unwarranted search or seizure, the Ninth Amendment's recognition that rights exist outside of those enumerated in the Constitution, and the Fourteenth Amendment's due process clause.
Americans should not have to choose between using new technologies and protecting their civil liberties. We work to ensure a future in which the Fourth Amendment ban on unreasonable searches extends to digital property and your data is your own.