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Online Privacy and Security Toolkit

A guide to developing good privacy and security practices online. Adapted from UW-Bothell, Nicole Gustavsen and Myra Waddell.

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Constitutional Rights to Privacy

  • The First Amendment protects the privacy of your beliefs
  • The Third Amendment protects the privacy of your home against the use of it for housing soldiers
  • The Fourth Amendment protects your privacy against unreasonable searches
  • The Fifth Amendment protects against self-incrimination, which in turn protects the privacy of your personal information
  • The Ninth Amendment says that the "enumeration in the Constitution of certain rights shall not be construed to deny or disparage other rights retained by the people." This has been interpreted as justification for broadly reading the Bill of Rights to protect privacy in ways not specifically provided in the first eight amendments.

Right to Privacy for Immigrants

All immigrants, whether documented or not, have basic legal rights and protections, including a right to privacy, in the United States.

Current Digital Privacy Issues