The ACLU has long fought to protect Americans’ basic right to privacy—the right to be left alone in our homes and our private lives, without fear of government intrusion. Today, new and emerging technologies are outpacing the privacy protections on which we have long relied. We have seen the explosion of government surveillance programs and technologies capable of sweeping up ever more data about the most intimate aspects of our lives— our whereabouts and our communications, the websites we visit and what we buy, information about our health, our bodies, and more.

When the government and private corporations access this information, our most cherished and essential freedoms are at risk. As technology’s role in our lives grows, the ACLU of Vermont is educating the next generation of civil libertarians and stepping up its defense of Americans’ right to privacy.