The ACLU of Alaska launched the “Alaska Privacy Project” to help Alaskans better track government and corporate intrusions into personal privacy in the last frontier.
Unlike most states, Alaskans chose to include an affirmative right to privacy in our most foundational legal document, the Alaska State Constitution. As a result, we should enjoy stronger privacy protections than most Americans, but that can only happen if Alaskans remain vigilant about protecting their rights from encroachment by politicians and corporations.
This is exactly the mission of the Alaska Privacy Project, to give Alaskans a one-stop-shop for privacy issues ranging from police mass surveillance techniques like drones, gunshot detectors, and cell-tower simulators to bureaucratic agencies collecting too much of our data.
“After discovering last year that the Alaska Department of Administration was running facial recognition software on every Alaskans’ driver’s license photo, we realized the need to organize and hold agencies accountable when they stray from their mission in ways Alaskans have no knowledge about, never agreed to, and deeply affects their privacy,” said ACLU of Alaska Legal and Policy Director Tara Rich. “By creating a standalone project focusing solely on privacy, we hope all Alaskans will feel comfortable taking advantage of the information and advocacy the Alaska Privacy Project can offer.”
The Alaska Privacy Project can be viewed online at AlaskaPrivacyProject.com.