We’ve been steadily delivering your signatures to our petition on the importance of data protection throughout the Democratic primary season in the current U.S. presidential election, and we sent the final signatures as the Democrats narrowed in on a final candidate. Over 4,000 U.S. voters and concerned global citizens, like you, raised your voices and signed the letter.
Together we did something great — we sent a message that protecting our personal data matters, for our basic human rights and the future of our democracy, during this critical time.
We will continue fighting for data protection during the global pandemic as the U.S. inches closer to the November presidential election.
We believe that protecting our personal data has never been more important. While extraordinary circumstances require extraordinary measures, responses adopted by governments and private sector entities to fight COVID-19 will have an impact well beyond this emergency. State authorities must ensure their responses do not further undermine privacy and exacerbate the exploitation of our personal data, whether for profit or political manipulation.
Remember, the United States remains without a federal legal framework for limiting data processing and abuse. This is an unacceptable failure to protect the fundamental rights of people both in the U.S. and around the world.
It is up to the next president of the United States to take a stand against the routine exploitative harvesting of our data. As a next step, we’ll be laying out a Digital Rights Agenda for the next U.S. president, which will cover data protection and other essential policies to protect human rights in the digital age. Stay tuned.