Protect Privacy Rights for Americans

Target: Senator Chuck Schumer, Senate Minority Leader

Goal: Protect the privacy of Americans as they enter the United States after traveling abroad.

During a time in which the current presidential administration seems to be infringing on the rights of millions, Senator Ron Wyden of Oregon is introducing legislation that will protect the privacy rights of Americans who return to the United States after traveling abroad.

With this new legislation, Customs and Border Protection will need warrants in order to access citizens’ phones and the private data they hold. Not acquiring a warrant goes against the Fourth Amendment, which guarantees freedom against illegal search and seizures. In the opinion of Senator Wyden, this infringement is dangerous to our democratic freedoms.

Citizens should not be forced to give phone PIN numbers and passwords to border agents against their will, especially if their only “crime” is traveling outside of the country. Sign the petition and demand that Senator Minority Leader Chuck Schumer support this legislation and work to rally the support of others in Congress on both sides of the aisle.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Senator Schumer,

Ron Wyden, your fellow member of the Senate, has introduced legislation that, if passed, will protect the privacy rights of Americans who have traveled abroad. Senator Wyden’s legislation will make it illegal to search a traveler’s phone without a warrant.

As we have seen during the recent weeks of this new administration, our democracy is fragile. Illegally searching and seizing citizens’ phones can damage that democracy irreparably. We must protect our democracy at all costs. I ask that you and your fellow senators show support for Wyden’s legislation and protect the rights of the citizens you represent.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: U.S. Customs and Border Patrol

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3 Comments

  1. Kathryn Irby says:

    Electronics Harassment is a cruel phenomenon, identify theft of which is just ONE part!!! Although I have not been a victim of identify theft, I have been a victim of Electronics Harassment throughout the last eight long years. Both Law Enforcement and Congress need to become more aware of its existence! There are too many victims who suffer from day to day because of it, I just for one. Our homes are “bugged” (monitored) by the instigator; the floors of our homes can be made to vibrate incessantly; personally, my own cell phone has been hacked no less than five times, the list goes on and on!!! It is very hard to prove, and the instigators know that!

    • It’s terrible that this is being done to you. I know someone this is happening to as well. She’s a lovely person, and she attempted to expose corruption going on in the City Council where she lives. Next thing she knew, she was being electronically harassed and stalked and monitored, and having things stolen from her house.
      I sincerely hope this stops for you. It’s happening to many people in many countries.

  2. Hope this bill protecting people’s privacy gets passed.

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