Understanding our Fourth Amendment Rights
Learn More about the Fourth Amendment of the US Constitution and how it applies to the government's use of rapidly evolving technologies that collect our personal data, as well as challenges to traditional notions of privacy.
You can also share your voice with various organizations' petitions by:
- Signing the Progressive Change Campaign Committee's petition to reform law and urge Congress to investigate spying. It has collected 102 percent, or 112,952 of 110,000 signatures.
- Signing a petition by the San Francisco-based Electronic Frontier Foundation. The letter can be electronically modified before signed and sent to the President and key officials.
- Calling a local congressman by contacting Fight For the Future, an organization that seeks to protect the Fourth Amendment, at 1-STOP-323-NSA (1-786-732-3672). You can also email representatives through theirwebpage.
A full copy of the Bill of Rights and US Constitution can be viewed on Cornell University Law School’s webpage by clicking on the links. A copy of the Fourth Amendment, taken from the site, is posted below:
The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.
TIME Magazine recently created this video Your Fourth Amendment Right to Privacy as part of the series One Document: Under Seige: