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Polis defends the privacy of U.S. citizens

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Washington, January 11, 2018 | comments

Rep. Jared Polis, D-Colo., defended the privacy of U.S. citizens today, voting against the reauthorization of the Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA), which allows warrantless surveillance of U.S. citizens.

Polis offered an amendment, based off the U.S.A. Rights Act, to end warrantless searches, in line with the fourth amendment of the Constitution. 

“We can and must preserve privacy and our constitutional protections while defending against foreign adversaries. The government should absolutely not be permitted to freely spy on Americans’ communications without a warrant - end of story. I am disappointed my amendment to protect citizens from warrantless searches failed today, defying the constitution, and I voted against FISA in order to end warrantless surveillance” said Polis.

Polis has been a leading cosponsor of many bills aimed at protecting privacy, including: the Email Privacy Act, which protects Americans’ online communications from warrantless government searches; and the Student Digital Privacy and Parental Rights Act, the most significant federal attempt to protect student data in decades.

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