Privacy is one of America’s most fundamental values.
The Fourth Amendment states that “The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated.” In addition, the U.S. has adopted many laws protecting Americans from privacy invasive practices by both the public and private sectors.
Recognizing the need to protect this essential freedom, I, (insert Member’s name), pledge to my constituents in (State and District) and to the American people that I will support a privacy framework to safeguard the rights of Americans in this information age.
This framework includes:
- the Fair Information Practices: the right to notice, consent, security, access, correction, use limitations, and redress when information is improperly used,
- independent enforcement and oversight,
- promotion of genuine Privacy Enhancing Technologies that limit the collection of personal information and legal restrictions on surveillance technologies such as those used for locational tracking, video surveillance, electronic profiling, and workplace monitoring, and
- a solid foundation of federal privacy safeguards that permit the private sector and states to implement supplementary protections as needed.