America used to be known worldwide as the nation that protected personal freedom. We used to be the ones who advocated for the protection of rights in countries that were less free. Now, Brazil and Germany have asked the United Nations to pass a resolution calling on “all nations” to protect privacy, which is directed at one nation in particular. Companies in other countries are beginning to question their relationship with American Internet companies, impacting not just privacy but international business.
It’s time to respect the Fourth Amendment and stop gathering data from people who haven’t been suspected of anything.
Dom Caristi, a telecommunications professor at Ball State University, serves as a member of the university’s Digital Policy Institute. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.