US presidential race issues: Privacy

The 2016 Elections and Privacy

Ever since NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden leaked classified documents revealing the scope of the global surveillance programs run by the U.S. National Security Agency, privacy has been an important talking point for anyone running for president. So where do the 2016 presidential candidates stand on the issue?


Democrats typically believe privacy is a right guaranteed by our Founding Fathers, while Republicans feel that if you don't have anything to hide, privacy should take the backseat to national security. But when it comes to privacy in the 2016 presidential race, candidates aren't sticking to party lines.

Scott Walker
Republican Wisconsin governor Scott Walker argues for a balance between security and privacy, but favors security.

Marco Rubio
Republican Florida senator Marco Rubio is a strong supporter of the NSA's collection program, claiming it's critical for national security.

Donald Trump
Donald Trump says the United States needs the phone collection program and stated he would "execute" Edward Snowden for leaking the confidential documents that opened up the debate.
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