Center for Democracy & Technology Warns Department of Homeland Security That Their Mass Surveillance of US Citizens May Violate US Privacy Act

On May 1st 2019, through the Center for Democracy and Technology (CDT), a coalition of 103 organizations, lawyers and industry professionals have submitted an open letter to the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) critical off their surveillance of journalists, activists and lawyers domestically here inside the United States. More specifically, the coalition calls out the a sub-division of the DHS known as Customs and Border Protection (CBP), for creating “dossiers on activists, journalists, and lawyers” critical of Trumps governance – whilst also targeting individuals seeking political asylum. They also remain critical of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement Homeland Security Investigations (ICE-HSI) for creating national databases on individuals whom have attended “Anti-Trump” protests around the United States since his election in 2016.

The coalition is warning the US Government that such actions may represent a violation of the US Privacy Act of 1974, and are therefore advising them to cease such activity immediately – before any action is formally taken against them. Included in their letter is testimony/evidence from dozens of individuals across the United States caught up within these surveillance programs, revealing just how far the US Government has gone to spy on, threaten or harass its own citizens. Rather than summarize their accounts in this article, I instead invite you to read their testimony first hand through the resources provided below.

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