Shortly before the election, PPSA issued a new Congressional privacy scorecard that rates federal House and Senate Members on a rising scale, from 0 to 5, based on their efforts (or not) to protect Americans’ privacy.
With a few races outstanding in the House, at least nine Democrats lost their seats who were rated at 1:
The House lost one Member who was rated a 3.
It would be a stretch to conclude that these low privacy ratings caused these House Members’ defeat. Still, is it a coincidence that almost every one of the defeated House Members had a low privacy score?
In the Senate, privacy advocates lost two champions – Martha McSally of Arizona and Cory Gardner, two Republicans who earned a 4. Also defeated for re-election was Doug Jones, Democratic Senator from Alabama, who was rated at a 2.
PPSA looks forward to working with our privacy and civil liberties peer organizations to reach out to new Members and educate them and their staffs on important privacy and surveillance measures for the 117th Congress.