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 26, 2015 Press Release
Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard (HI-02) today released the following statement after the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) vote to adopt open internet rules:
 
January 19, 2015 Press Release

Honolulu – Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard (HI-02) today released the following statement in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.:   
 

May 22, 2014 Press Release

Washington, DC – Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard (HI-02) today voted against a fundamentally altered version of the USA FREEDOM Act, which was drastically changed in a deal struck behind closed doors earlier this week. The original bill, which Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard co-sponsored, ended all bulk collection of personal data and only allowed the government to request personal data using “specific” terms. The legislation passed today allows the government to continue to obtain bulk personal data without having to target individuals specifically.
 

January 27, 2014 Press Release

Washington, DC – Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard (HI-02) today issued the following statement on the announcement that the Obama administration will allow internet and communications companies to be more transparent about the National Security Agency (NSA) requests they receive. They will be allowed to publicly disclose information regarding the number of requests for information, the total number of customer accounts targeted by the requests, and the legal authorities to support the request.

January 24, 2014 Press Release

Honolulu – Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard (HI-02) today issued the following statement on a new report from the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board, an independent watchdog group. The board issued a 238-page report today concluding that the National Security Agency’s (NSA) bulk collection of phone records has only provided minimal benefit in combating terrorism, and that the program is illegal and should be shut down.

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