New technologies have given governments unprecedented means to access personal information. 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.
Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) authorizes the warrantless collection, use, and dissemination by the U.S. government of communications content and metadata.
Encrypting data on devices – as well as data in motion – is critical in helping protect against malicious hacking, identity theft, harassment, and other crimes.
Before unleashing this technology, it’s imperative that basic privacy and transparency rules for domestic use of drones be established.
The government needs the ability to conduct surveillance, but transparency, accountability, and the rights of individuals must also be protected.
Efforts to improve cybersecurity must be multi-faceted and policy must be based on principles of openness, collaboration, and respect.
ECPA must be reformed to require a warrant for our digital communications.