Demand Your dotRights!
We are spending more and more time online – reading, writing, connecting and consuming. The more time we spend online, the more information we share with the businesses that make the Internet work. We share our emails, location information, chat histories, photos and lists of our friends. We share educational and medical information. All of this information is just as sensitive as it ever was, but the laws that protect our privacy have not kept pace with social and technological change.
The dotRights campaign is focused on updating and expanding privacy laws to include new developments in technology, so that the government has the same restrictions on access to Americans’ private, personal information online as they do offline.
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Search Engines - When you browse through online stcks of information, you are leaving a trail that reveals a lot about you: interests, hobbies, habits, and concerns.
Webmail - Online email services make it easy to keep in touch with friends and family. But every email creates a record of who you write, what you write, and when you send and read it.
Social Networking - Replacing interactions in the coffee shop with connections online leaves behind a lot of information about you, friends, and activities.
Photo Sites - The pictures you develop, store, or share online can tell many thousands of words to others about you and who you know, where you've gone, and what you've done.
Media Sites - Reading a book or watching a video is a great way to learn and explore new things. But a lot of information can be collected about who you are and what you read and watch.
Cloud Computing - Moving files from your hard drive to an online service or accessing applications through the Internet can be convenient. But, those documents and files you store or produce online can say a lot about you.
Location Information - Location data from your cell phone or laptop can tell more than just where you travel, but also what you do and even who you know.
Has You're Online Speech Been Silenced?
Ever posted an image online? If so, a new Tennessee law exposes you to potential prosecution. The “offensive images” law makes it a crime to transmit any image online that causes “emotional distress” to any individual.
Effective on July 1, the law was intended to curtail cyber-bullying but provides no criteria for determining what is offensive or disturbing, thus violating the First Amendment freedoms of speech and expression. The new law’s overly broad and vague language leaves everyone with an online presence vulnerable to prosecution.
Individuals, especially artists and political activists, who believe that their freedom of speech and expression will be limited by the new law should contact ACLU-TN by calling (615) 320-7142 or emailing email@example.com and including “Offensive Images” in the subject line.