Technlogical innovation is outpacing privacy protections. Government is able to collect details about our private lives – what we say, what we believe, where we go, who we are with – sometimes without our consent and often without our knowledge. In New York, police have secretly deployed surveillance gear intended for combat, flawed facial recognition technology has crept into transit hubs and our schools, and governments and courts have outsourced sensitive decision-making to biased algorithms.

The NYCLU pushes for safeguards against overbroad, warrantless collection of sensitive information by the government, fights for transparency about the information government sweeps up and its methods, and advocates for New Yorkers’ control over their data and who has access to it.