GAP promotes e-mail privacy statement to protest mass surveillance

Starting this week, GAP is distributing a privacy statement for email users to add as part of their signature line to protest the National Security Agency’s (NSA) unconstitutional surveillance programs. This is a simple action that privacy-valuing citizens can adopt to stand up against the growing surveillance state.

The privacy statement, which all individuals are free to use, reads as follows:

This communication may be unlawfully collected and stored by the National Security Agency (NSA) in secret. The parties to this email do not consent to the retrieving or storing of this communication and any related metadata, as well as printing, copying, re-transmitting, disseminating, or otherwise using it. If you believe you have received this communication in error, please delete it immediately.

“This is a reminder to both senders and recipients that dragnet warrantless surveillance affects us all,” stated GAP Executive Director Beatrice Edwards. “It’s illegal and highly intrusive in our daily lives.”

Similar in nature to standard email legal disclaimers, this privacy statement goes further by explicitly prohibiting the collection of the communication and related metadata by the NSA, consistent with the disclosures of the agency’s bulk collection program revealed by GAP client Edward Snowden in June 2013.

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on behalf of Government Accountability Project

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