Government Surveillance & Searches

Rapidly advancing technology has provided the government with a vast and ever-expanding array of techniques to combat crime and terrorism.  These include a wide variety of new tools (such as location tracking and video surveillance) and tactics (such as border searches of electronic devices and watch lists) that provide access to numerous sources of data and immeasurable quantities of information. In addition, many of the laws governing government surveillance and searches are outdated, unclear or overly broad, and fail to protect Fourth Amendment rights in the digital age.  The Constitution Project’s Liberty and Security Committee provides policy recommendations for legislative reforms and practical guidance to governmental entities to ensure that law enforcement agencies use these new technologies in ways that safeguard constitutional rights and civil liberties.

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