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
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.