Privacy and Technology
The ACLU of Texas works to expand the right to privacy, increase the control individuals have over their personal information, and ensure civil liberties are enhanced rather than compromised by technological innovation.
With more and more of our lives moving online, these intrusions have devastating implications for our right to privacy. But more than just privacy is threatened when everything we say, everywhere we go, and everyone we associate with are fair game. We have seen that surveillance -- whether by governments or corporations -- chills free speech and free association, undermines a free media, and threatens the free exercise of religion.
We shouldn’t have to choose between using new technologies and keeping our personal information private. The ACLU of Texas works to promote a future where technology can be implemented in ways that protect civil liberties, to limit the collection of personal information, and to ensure that individuals have control over their private data.
- 1986The federal law protecting your electronic information passed in 1986, making it older than the World Wide Web.
- TrackingLaw enforcement requests for locational tracking of Texans are confidential so nothing is or can be known about the scope of surveillance.
- WarrantlessTexas police can read your old email and stored communications without a warrant or ever notifying a judge.