Something simple…that the Personal Data Coalition believes… is that everyone needs protection for their personal electronic information and data. The fourth amendment needs to be updated to protect every U.S. Citizen’s Personal Data.
The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.
We need to get Constitutional rights for our electronic information just as we have protection for our papers as personal property. Why should a paper copy of a bank statement be protected by search and seizure laws and our online data not?
Our country was founded with the acknowledgement that ideas and works of science and art need copyright and patent protection. In the digital age we struggle with the protection of digital works. If we created a secure, reliable, online repository for our creative works with attribution and legal protection we could help address the problems with digital copyright and patent protection.
Copyright and Patent protection is a role and responsibility of our Sovereign Government. Until there are Constitutional Protections (acknowledgement of our digital information and data as personal property) our Government has no responsibility to protect those works. The Personal Data Coalition believes giving our digital information and data constitutional protection will allow the U.S. Government to protect its citizens in a digital age. It will begin to fix the copyright and patent problems we face today.
We need to update the U.S. Constitution for the digital age. Larry Lessig is fighting for the Constitution of the United States. You can watch a recent video here. It is time to look at the Constitution in the digital age and update it to reflect our digital lives.