Resolution Adopted by the CCAR

Privacy

Adopted by the CCAR at the 86th Annual Convention of
the Central Conference of American Rabbis
1975

WHEREAS we are heirs of a prophetic tradition which ever sought to repair the damaged world, and

WHEREAS in our efforts to restore the world to sanity we affirm the following position which we take knowing full well the complexity of such an issue but knowing also that we cannot be silent,

WHEREAS we are alarmed at recent revelations of the amassing of information about individuals by governmental agencies that severely infringe on constitutional rights of privacy, free expression and free association,

BE IT THEREFORE RESOLVED that we urge the destruction of existing files. dossiers and information banks that contain material that invades personal privacy. We call on Congress to maintain supervision over future activities of governmental agencies. Finally, we urge a wide dissemination of information about the rights of people under freedom and call on our membership to inform their congregants of their rights and render assistance to individuals to protect them from abuse of their rights through unwarranted governmental surveillance, collection and storage of personal information.