Defend Border Privacy US

  Defend Border Privacy!

Thank you for your interest in defending privacy at the border!

This action is now closed, and our message has been sent to key government targets. You can see the message below.

Our next steps in this campaign are to support new proposed legislation that would require a warrant for all searches of U.S. citizens at the border. Please consider using our new Letter to the Editor tool to get your pro-privacy message into local newspapers, or chipping in to help power this fight!

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Rep. Michael McCaul, Chair, House Committee on Homeland Security
Rep. Bennie Thompson, Ranking member, House Committee on Homeland Security
Sen. Ron Johnson, Chair, U.S. Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental affairs
Sen. Claire McCaskill, Ranking member, U.S. Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental affairs

This petition calls upon you to defend the basic privacy of U.S. citizens and all travelers through the U.S. border.

Proposals, including recent testimony by Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly in front of the House Homeland Security Committee, are coming forward to require all travellers to the U.S., to provide their unlocked electronic devices and social media passwords to border agents as a matter of routine.

Existing laws allowing for searches of these devices without warrant or suspicion are already an immense violation of personal privacy, and American citizens are already being targeted by these invasive searches. U.S. citizens are deeply concerned about the level of sensitive and private data — including personal messages, financial information and confidential business information — that would be compromised through routine inspection of digital devices.

As a member of a committee charged with protecting the security of U.S. citizens, we are calling on you to reject in the strongest possible way any legislation which would make these proposals into law.

Thank you.

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Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly has just testified in front of the House Homeland Security Committee that he wants all travelers to the U.S. to hand over their unlocked electronic devices, as well as their social media passwords, to airport security as a matter of routine.

These extreme new rules would put people – especially vulnerable communities – at risk of discrimination, hacking, and gross violations of personal privacy.

This affects you even if you don’t travel. Any private messages or photos you sent to anyone who then crosses the border will be in the hands of border authorities. If we don't speak up now these mandatory phone download powers will become the norm not just in the U.S., but all over the world.

They need to hear from outraged citizens that this is a gross civil rights violation. Stand up for privacy and send a message.

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Footnotes:

[1] We Already Screen Cell Phones At The Border, Will Social Media Be Any Different?: Forbes

[2] A US-born NASA scientist was detained at the border until he unlocked his phone: The Verge

[3] I’ll never bring my phone on an international flight again. Neither should you. FreeCodeCamp

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