Free Press Action

Free Press Action is a nonpartisan organization fighting for people’s rights to connect and communicate. Free Press Action does not support or oppose any candidate for public office.

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Thursday, May 14, 2020
Patriot Act Reauthorization Bill Passes the Senate with Some New Privacy Safeguards. The House Needs to Add More.
On Thursday, the Senate voted to reauthorize sweeping surveillance powers allowing national-security agencies to spy on the communications of millions of people in the United States. The vote occurred following several efforts to offer amendments to improve privacy safeguards in the bill. The only...
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Friday, May 08, 2020
Republican Contact-Tracing Bill Must Do More to Protect the Privacy Rights of Essential Workers and Others
On Thursday afternoon, Senate Republicans introduced privacy legislation meant to guide the ways in which companies collect and use location, Bluetooth, and other data to track contacts between people infected by coronavirus and those they’ve interacted with. The COVID-19 Consumer Data Protection...
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Monday, March 23, 2020
Free Press Action Plan 'Keeping Connected Amid Crisis' Proposes Policies to Meet COVID-19 Pandemic Communications Needs
On Monday, Free Press Action released the report Keeping Connected Amid Crisis: Policies to Keep People Online During the COVID-19 Pandemic. The plan calls on Congress to allocate up to $100 billion in subsidies, rebates and tax relief targeted toward broadband that would benefit people, not just...
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Monday, March 16, 2020
Senate Leadership Stifles Growing Bipartisan Opposition in Push to Reauthorize Dangerous Spying Powers
On Monday, Senate leadership plans to push through a vote on the USA Freedom Reauthorization Act of 2020, legislation that would reauthorize abusive government spying powers that expired on March 15. The Act passed the House on a 278–136 vote, but with significant bipartisan opposition from civil-...
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Wednesday, March 11, 2020
Congress Tries to Sneak Through Dangerous Spying Bill Under the Cover of the Coronavirus Crisis
Leading members of the House of Representatives are rushing a vote on Wednesday to extend abusive government surveillance powers before they’re set to expire on March 15. If approved, the USA Freedom Reauthorization Act of 2020 would reauthorize Section 215 powers Congress established under the USA...
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Wednesday, March 11, 2020
The EARN IT Act: A Very Bad Bill Gets its Day in Congress
On Wednesday, the Senate Judiciary Committee will convene a hearing on the EARN IT Act, a bill that threatens all online communications and the encryption technologies used to secure those conversations. Introduced by Sens. Lindsey Graham (R–South Carolina) and Richard Blumenthal (D–Connecticut),...
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Thursday, January 30, 2020
Free Press Action Releases ‘Right to Connect Voter Guide’ Tracking Presidential Candidates’ Media and Tech Policies
On Thursday, Free Press Action released the “ Right to Connect Voter Guide ,” an analysis of presidential candidates’ positions on vital media-and-technology policies. The voter guide is organized around six issue areas: Net Neutrality, affordability, media ownership and mergers, surveillance and...
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Tuesday, November 05, 2019
The Eshoo-Lofgren Online Privacy Act Recognizes That Privacy Rights Are Civil Rights
On Tuesday, Rep. Anna Eshoo (D–California 18) and Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D–California 19) introduced a comprehensive privacy bill to protect internet users from the worst harms of data collection and processing. The Online Privacy Act includes necessary civil-rights protections that prevent using...
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Monday, September 09, 2019
Coalition of Digital-Rights and Social-Justice Groups Urge House Democrats to End NSA Mass-Surveillance Program
On Monday, a coalition of 30 digital-rights, social-justice and civil-liberties organizations sent a letter urging the leadership of the House Judiciary Committee to allow Section 215 of the USA Patriot Act to expire unless Congress enacts robust reforms. Earlier this year, the Trump administration...
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