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Privacy enables us to form close relationships with other people, build alliances, share information, and consider new and unpopular ideas. Because every human being needs a place where they can be free from the scrutiny of others— including the government— privacy is a fundamental part of a dignified life.

Technology has created unprecedented ways to glean, store, and utilize personal information without our consent, or even our knowledge. The ACLU-WA works to increase the control every individual has over their personal information, expand the right to privacy, and ensure civil liberties are enhanced rather than compromised by technological innovation.


News Release, Published: 
Friday, May 31, 2024
After vigorous opposition from the ACLU-WA, activists, and the public, the city has announced that it is dropping plans to deploy automated gunshot location systems. However, the city declared its intention to move forward with the installation of CCTV cameras and the expansion of Automated License Plate Readers (ALPR) throughout several Seattle neighborhoods, in conjunction with the deployment of real-time crime center software (RTCC), to surveil residents despite the objections of the ACLU-WA and members of the public.   
News Release, Published: 
Thursday, May 23, 2024
ACLU of Washington, Legal Voice, and QLaw, sue the State of Washington to prevent I-2081 from going into effect
News Release, Published: 
Friday, February 2, 2024
ACLU-WA Sends Letter Urging Disengagement with Joint Enforcement Task Force and Protection of Privacy
News Release, Published: 
Wednesday, April 5, 2023
Legislators in the Washington Senate advanced ESHB 1155, the Washington My Health, My Data Act, which removes significant barriers reproductive and gender affirming health care by protecting the privacy of people’s health data.
Monday, December 26, 2022
Automated decision systems, technologies that make or help make decisions about people, can have life or death impacts especially when used in the context of policing.