Despite the guarantee of the Fourth Amendment, U.S. law enforcement and intelligence agencies have made a habit of spying on the citizenry. But in the 21st century, the internet and the ability of computers to store and process vast amounts of data has allowed the government to collect vast amounts of data about each of us.
Government surveillance goes well beyond the NSA/FBI mass surveillance programs revealed by Edward Snowden in 2013. The Drug Enforcement Agency’s automatic license plate readers have been recording our travel for decades; the FBI’s domain awareness program records where we travel, record has been recording license plates for decades, Fusion Centers and Joint Terrorism Task Forces (run by DHS and the FBI respectively) gather information.
Digital Security for Life and Activism. Free Workshop in Silver Spring Will Arm You With Tools & Techniques to Protect Yourself
This hands-on Digital Security Workshop explains the electronic policies that threaten your online privacy and activism, and will walk you through some simple tools and techniques to help protect yourself.
A Customs and Border Patrol proposal to collect social media identifiers of Chinese visa holders is racist and undermines internet freedom and privacy. Take action to oppose the proposal.
Does the First Amendment protect your right to tweet anonymously or “pseudonymously” (as the case is when one uses a twitter handle, but not their real name)? Even when you criticize the President?
If passed, the ‘Protecting Data at the Border Act’ would require border agents to have a warrant or probable cause before searching a US person’s electronic device or data–the same standard the Constitution requires for government agents anywhere else in the country.
702 Briefing: The Mass Surveillance Law is Up for Renewal at the End of 2017. Are You Ready to Fight It?
Please join us for a teleconference briefing to understand the law, the political dynamics, and how Rights & Dissent and our allies on the left and right plan to force Congress to adopt radical reforms or let the law sunset.