Privacy & Civil Liberties

Since 9/11, millions of Americans have been kept in the dark about the collection of personal data by our own government in the name of national security, without any evidence that such intrusive actions were effective in preventing attacks on our country. In 2013, the sweeping collection of innocent Americans’ personal data by the National Security Agency was exposed. This blatant disregard for the protection of our civil liberties and privacy rooted in the Fourth Amendment of our Constitution, flies in the face of those from generations past and present who have given their lives to protect the freedoms that make our country great. We must always remember and honor the principles of freedom that they sacrificed for. 

A strong national defense and the protection of our civil liberties are equally important and compatible. We can strike the necessary balance between freedom and security by reforming our surveillance practices and directing the resources we have toward proven methods of eliminating threats to the safety and security of the American people. 

 

“I firmly believe that a strong national defense and the protection of our civil liberties are equally important and compatible.” -Rep. Tulsi Gabbard

Tulsi has continued to support legislation that better meets the balanced responsibility of protecting our civil liberties and ensuring a strong national defense. In the 114th Congress, she introduced the Strengthening Privacy, Oversight, and Transparency (SPOT) Act to expand the functions of the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board (PCLOB). The SPOT Act would give the PCLOB greater ability to carry out its function of balancing the government’s national security and counterterrorism activities with the need to protect the privacy and civil liberties of law-abiding Americans. In addition, the bill would make all five board members full-time and help prevent a lingering vacancy from impeding the PCLOB's important work. To follow the status of the SPOT Act, click here.

Our laws regarding freedom, privacy, and civil liberties have not kept up with the rapid expansion of technology in today’s digital age. Tulsi recently helped launch the bipartisan Fourth Amendment Caucus to protect the privacy and security of Americans in the digital age and to ensure that the Fourth Amendment rights granted to each and every American under our Constitution are protected and strengthened. Tulsi has also strongly supported legislation like the Email Privacy Act and Electronic Communications Privacy Amendments Act to make much needed and long overdue updates our online privacy laws.

 

More on Privacy & Civil Liberties

February 6, 2017 Press Release

Washington, DC—Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (HI-02), a founding member of the Fourth Amendment Caucus, released the statement below after the Email Privacy Act (H.R.387) unanimously passed the House today. Gabbard is a cosponsor of the legislation. 
 

January 26, 2017 Press Release

Washington, DC—Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard (HI-02) released the following statement today in response to reports that President Trump is expected to order a temporary ban on refugees:

October 28, 2016 Press Release

Honolulu, HI—Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (HI-02) released the statement below following the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) ruling that restricts how Internet providers use and sell customer data: 
 

July 13, 2016 Press Release

Washington, DC — Today, Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (HI-02) and a bipartisan group of lawmakers announced the newly formed Fourth Amendment Caucus to protect the privacy and security of Americans in the digital age.
 
The bipartisan caucus is comprised of twenty-five founding members, thirteen Republicans and twelve Democrats. The members will lead efforts in the House of Representatives to protect against warrantless searches and seizures, close privacy violating surveillance loopholes, and champion reform efforts to protect and restore Fourth Amendment rights.

July 7, 2016 Press Release

Washington, DC—Today, Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (HI-02) released the statement below after voting against H.R. 5485, the Financial Services and General Government Appropriations Act. The legislation is opposed by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), proponents of net neutrality, and many other public interest groups.
 

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