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Top Priorities
  • Preserve 4th Amendment protection from unreasonable searches and seizures.
  • Prohibit warrantless intrusions into personal cell phone data from the use of cell phone simulators and from outside groups conducting surveillance through geolocation tracking
  • Keep cell phones encrypted. I do not support government having a back door into our electronic devices. If the good guys can get in, it’s only a matter of time before the bad guys can as well. The amount of sensitive personal information stored on cell phones is significant and must be protected.
  • Ensure that American citizens are not asked to compromise their privacy without cause, especially when it comes to TSA security.


By the Numbers
  • 13:  Number of federal agencies using cell site simulators to strip data from private cell phones
  • 92%:  Percentage of Americans who own a cell phone
  • 1.9 million:  Average number of passengers screened by TSA every day


Key Legislation
  • The Stingray Privacy Act of 2015 (Original Sponsor): Cell site simulators (commonly referred to under the brand name “Stingray”) threaten Fourth Amendment freedoms. These technologies mimic cell towers to locate individual cellular devices within a given area. This bill requires the Department of Justice and the Department of Homeland Security to obtain a probable cause warrant before using a cell site simulator to access location data.
  • Geolocational Privacy and Surveillance (‘GPS’) Act (Original Sponsor): This bill requires the government to show probable cause and obtain a warrant before acquiring the geolocational information of a U.S. citizen. This applies to real-time tracking of a person’s movements, as well as the acquisition of records of past movement.
  • Whole Body Imaging Amendment (Included in 2009 TSA Authorization):  This amendment prevents TSA from storing, copying or transferring images derived from screening machines.

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