Privacy Is a Human Right – and the 118th Congress Must Defend It

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All right, next up we turn to this piece from fight for the future's Leah and SEO hey, called privacy is a human right, and the 118th Congress must defend it. As the 118th U.S. Congress begins, the stakes surrounding our privacy rights have never been higher. For decades, lawmakers have utterly failed to defend everyday people. Much less those who are the most vulnerable online, from dangerous encroachments into our digital privacy. Just last week, the American civil liberties union revealed a massive surveillance drag net of people who use services like Western Union to send remittances. Now both sides of the aisle begin 2023 having painted a target on the backs of privacy preserving software projects and those who build them. This attitude poses a real danger not only in the U.S., but for people across the globe. It's time for software projects that value privacy to get organized. This is why our organization fight for the future has released a letter signed by 40 plus open-source decentralized and or privacy preserving projects that asks lawmakers to protect a pro privacy future. Signatories on this letter include Tor, the blockchain association, nim, protocol labs, proton, zcash, to denote, and mysterium. We have four simple asks. Constitutional human rights protections both on and offline. The first asked to Congress is straightforward. Do more to protect our constitutional human right to privacy. The right to privacy has always been a foundational principle of the U.S.. There are express or implied rights to privacy in the first, third, fourth, 5th, 9th and 14th amendments to the U.S. Constitution. Even the legal victory that established the constitutionally protected right to code was about encryption, meaning it was about privacy. Unfortunately, that decision did not settle the law. Threats to the right to code in the right to privacy are inextricably entwined, especially as more of our lives move into digital spaces where our rights are ignored and invasive surveillance as the default. To seriously and vigorously defend these rights, many in Congress would need to shift their thinking on the simple act of writing code. To recognize that this freedom is core to the technologies that empower democracy and must be defended. That also means a representatives must analyze the potential impacts of new laws and regulatory action on First Amendment protections when drafting new legislation.

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