We are dedicated to protecting and expanding the First Amendment freedoms of expression, association, and inquiry; expanding the right to privacy and increasing the control that individuals have over their personal information; and ensuring that civil liberties are enhanced rather than compromised by new advances in science and technology.
Americans have the right to expect that their lives will not become an open book when they have not done, and are not suspected of doing, anything wrong. When the government listens in on phone conversations or collects data on millions of Americans, our privacy rights are eroded, and the potential for abuse by the government grows. Even when you have nothing to hide, the government can inadvertently cause you great harm by, for instance, leaking information to the public, freezing your accounts, denying you the right to fly, or naming you as a suspect in connection with a crime.
New Hampshire has a long history of protecting the privacy of data for all residents. The ACLU of New Hampshire works to ensure that state data privacy laws keep pace with new technology, such as social media, smart phones, surveillance, and other growing fields.