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    End mass surveillance!

    Petition to Congress:
    We urge you to preserve in the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2023 (NDAA) an amendment offered by Representatives Jacobs and Davidson which would provide Congress and the public with the information necessary to assess the profound privacy consequences of the Department of Defense buying its way around the Fourth Amendment. Specifically, it requires the Department of Defense to disclose which components are purchasing smartphone location and internet activity records about people in the United States without court orders.

    The U.S. military is buying access to our internet data. This is a dangerous practice, showing the military’s willingness to work with private companies to obtain our internet browsing history, emails, and other sensitive information without a warrant. We need to stop this practice in its tracks immediately.

    Sign our petition urging Congress to act now to protect our constitutional right to privacy. They can do it by preserving the Jacobs-Davidson Amendment to the FY 2023 National Defense Authorization Act!

    A report in Vice News explains that several branches of the U.S. military purchased an internet surveillance tool from a private cybersecurity firm. The tool, called Augury, allows for the monitoring of 90% of the world’s internet traffic.

    Warrantless collection of our data is never OK. And it violates our Fourth Amendment right against search and seizure without a warrant. What the U.S. military is doing with the help of private companies is in direct conflict with our most basic constitutional rights.

    The U.S. military is using taxpayer dollars to spy on Americans with the help of private firms. Congress must pass the Jacobs-Davidson Amendment to determine the extent of these violations, hold bad actors accountable, and make sure these constitutional violations stop now.

    Will you sign our petition demanding Congress take a stand against the military’s warrantless collection of our internet data right now? Congress must preserve the Jacobs-Davidson Amendment and protect our constitutional rights.