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The increase in government surveillance poses an unacceptable threat to privacy and freedom of speech. The Brennan Center educates the public about how our personal information is collected, and we challenge overbroad surveillance policies.

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Why It Matters

Since 9/11, it’s become much easier for the govern­ment to collect inform­a­tion about ordin­ary Amer­ic­ans, even those with no real ties to terror­ism. This increase in govern­ment surveil­lance poses an unac­cept­able threat to privacy — and it can make us less safe, not more, by alien­at­ing minor­ity communit­ies who are often the victims of racial or reli­gious profil­ing. 

The Bren­nan Center fights for a better approach by educat­ing Amer­ic­ans about how the govern­ment is collect­ing, shar­ing, and stor­ing our data, includ­ing through social media monit­or­ing; by chal­len­ging overly broad surveil­lance policies in court and in the media; and by advoc­at­ing for a more targeted and prac­tical coun­terter­ror­ism strategy.


End Warrant­less Spying on Amer­ic­ans

Congress should enact reforms to ensure that warrant­less surveil­lance ostens­ibly direc­ted at foreign­ers isn’t used to spy on Amer­ic­ans.

Enact Public Over­sight of NYPD Surveil­lance Tech­no­logy. 

The New York City Coun­cil should pass the Public Over­sight of Surveil­lance Tech­no­logy (POST) Act, which would require the NYPD to disclose its use of surveil­lance tech­no­lo­gies and explain the policies in place to protect the privacy and civil liber­ties of New York­ers.

Read more in our Liberty & National Secur­ity solu­tions and What Went Wrong with the FISA Court reports.

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