Government Surveillance

New technologies have given governments around the world unprecedented means to collect and access personal information. This includes law enforcement agencies demanding content from tech companies, intelligence agencies tapping directly into internet cables, and the use of surveillance technologies such as license plate readers or facial recognition cameras.

Much of this government surveillance is aimed at enhancing national security and safety, yet in order to ensure all people can seek information and express themselves freely, there must be reasonable checks and balances on governments’ ability to access, collect, and store individuals’ data. Both security and freedom can be protected, but only through balanced laws and policies that uphold human rights.

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Joint Statement Calls Out Internet Fragmentation

CDT joined a sign-on letter, alongside 20+ civil liberties and civil rights groups, urging the US Department of Homeland Security to end its collection of social media identifiers and social media content. White document on dark grey background.

CDT Joins Civil Liberties and Civil Rights Groups Urging DHS to End Collection of Social Media Identifiers and Content

A graphic detailing a CDT Europe event with GNI, entitled "How can we apply human rights due diligence standards to content moderation? Focus on the EU Digital Services Act." Event on July 29, 2021. Grey text on a while, orange, and blue background.

How can we apply human rights due diligence to content moderation? Focus on the EU Digital Services Act – Event Summary

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