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Privacy & Civil Liberties

Includes the right to privacy, online tracking, behavioral marketing and surveillance.

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California Action

Tell your California state senators that your privacy is not for sale

Date: Wed, July 12, 2017

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Broadband internet service providers want can sell information about you and your online activities without your consent. A state bill (AB 375) would prevent this—but it needs your help!

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California Legislation

AB 375: The California Broadband Internet Privacy Act

Sponsor: Assemblymember Ed Chau on 02/09/2017
https://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billTextClient.xhtml?bill_id=201720180AB375

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Limits what broadband providers (internet service providers, or ISPs) can do with customer data. The bill was crafted in response to the repeal of the Federal Communications Commission's 2016 internet privacy regulations by the Trump administration.

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California Legislation

SB 33: Arbitration agreements

Sponsor: Senator Bill Dodd on 12/05/2016
http://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billNavClient.xhtml?bill_id=201720180SB33

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Would prohibit the use of forced arbitration clauses in contracts that were created fraudulently and allow victimized consumers to have their day in court to recover damages.

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California Legislation

AB 165: Privacy: electronic communications: exclusions: local educational agencies

Sponsor: Assemblymember Jim Cooper on 1/17/2017
http://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billNavClient.xhtml?bill_id=201720180AB165

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This bill would remove the basic privacy protections of the California Electronic Communication Privacy Act (CalECPA) for California’s public school students, teachers and staff.

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National Legislation

S 964 (HR 2356): MY DATA Act of 2017

Sponsor: Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT); Rep. Jerry McNerney (D-CA) on 4/27/2017
https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/115/s964

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Would prohibit providers of internet broadband services or content, applications, or devices from using unfair or deceptive acts or practices relating to privacy or data security. It would authorize the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), after consulting with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), to promulgate regulations under this legislation.

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HR 2520: Balancing the Rights Of Web Surfers Equally and Responsibly (BROWSER) Act

Sponsor: Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) on 5/18/2017
https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/115/hr2520

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Consumer Action opposes this bill in its current form because it would undermine the enforcement of internet privacy by preempting stronger state legislation and by removing the Federal Communication Commission's privacy jurisdiction.

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National Legislation

HR 898: Credit Score Competition Act of 2017

Sponsor: Edward Royce [R-CA39] on 2017-02-07
https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/115/hr898

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This bill would require Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to establish procedures for considering expanded credit scoring models (models that may use rent, utility, and telecom payments) and and certain credit scores in making a determination whether to purchase a residential mortgage, and for other purposes.

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National Legislation

HR 435: The Credit Access and Inclusion Act of 2017

Sponsor: Keith Ellison [D-MN5] on 2017-01-11
https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/115/hr435

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This bill aims amend the Fair Credit Reporting Act to clarify Federal law with respect to reporting certain positive consumer credit information, including rent, utility and telecom payments, to consumer reporting agencies.

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National Legislation

S 1262: The Fairness for Struggling Students Act

Sponsor: Richard Durbin [D-ILnull] on 2017-05-25
https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/115/s1262

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This bill will help address the student debt crisis by once again permitting privately issued student loans to be discharged in bankruptcy, the same as nearly all other forms of private unsecured debt.

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California Legislation

SB 313: Advertising: automatic renewal and continuous service offers

Sponsor: Senator Robert M. Hertzberg on 02/13/2017
http://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billNavClient.xhtml?bill_id=201720180SB313

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SB 313 would protect consumers from deceptive “free” trial offers that convert to paid subscriptions without the consumer’s awareness or consent.

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National Legislation

HR 522: Stop Settlement Slush Funds Act of 2017

Sponsor: Bob Goodlatte [R-VA6] on 2017-01-13
https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/115/hr522

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This bill would be a gift to lawbreakers at the expense of families and communities suffering from injuries that cannot be addressed by direct restitution. It cuts off any payments to third parties other than individualized restitution, limiting federal enforcement officials of their ability to negotiate appropriate relief for victims.

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National Legislation

S 646: A bill to amend title 38, United States Code, to improve the enforcement of employment and…

Sponsor: Richard Blumenthal [D-CTnull] on 2017-03-15
https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/115/s646

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"The Justice for Servicemembers Act" makes unenforceable any pre-dispute agreement to arbitrate a claim under the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA), which prohibits employment discrimination against servicemembers and veterans, and makes other changes to help plaintiffs enforce USERRA’s protections.

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National Legislation

S 552: Justice for Victims of Fraud Act of 2017

Sponsor: Sherrod Brown [D-OHnull] on 2017-03-07
https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/115/s552

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The Justice for Victims of Fraud Act would close the “Wells Fargo loophole” by clarifying that forced arbitration clauses do not apply to checking and credit card accounts fraudulently opened without a customer’s consent.

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National Legislation

S 647: A bill to amend title 9, United States Code, with respect to arbitration

Sponsor: Richard Blumenthal [D-CTnull] on 2017-03-15
https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/115/s647

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"The Mandatory Arbitration Transparency Act" would invalidate and prohibit mandatory pre-dispute arbitration agreements that require the parties to the arbitration to keep matters surrounding the arbitration process confidential, forcing plaintiffs into secret proceedings hidden from other potential victims and from the public.

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National Legislation

S 553: Court Legal Access and Student Support (CLASS) Act of 2017

Sponsor: Richard Durbin [D-ILnull] on 2017-03-07
https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/115/s553

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The CLASS Act would prohibit an institution of higher education from receiving Title IV federal student aid funding if the school’s enrollment agreement requires mandatory arbitration or otherwise restricts students’ ability to pursue claims against the school in court.

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National Legislation

S 550: Restoring Statutory Rights and Interests of the States Act of 2017

Sponsor: Patrick Leahy [D-VTnull] on 2017-03-07
https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/115/s550

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The Restoring Statutory Rights and Interests of the States Act would ensure that mandatory arbitration clauses cannot be interpreted to preempt civil rights claims or other statutory causes of actions.

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National Legislation

S 537: Arbitration Fairness Act of 2017

Sponsor: Alan Franken [D-MNnull] on 2017-01-20
https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/115/s537

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Arbitration Fairness Act of 2017 would prohibit the use of mandatory, pre-dispute arbitration agreements in consumer, employment, civil rights, and antitrust cases.

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California Legislation

AB 342: Vehicles: automated speed enforcement: five-year pilot program

Sponsor: Assemblymember David Chiu on 02/07/2017
http://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billNavClient.xhtml?bill_id=201720180AB342

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Would authorize a five-year pilot program allowing San Jose and San Francisco to implement “automated speed enforcement”. The fines, easily paid by wealthier drivers, have a disproportionate effect on poor people and families, who may be charged $100 or more for driving slightly above the speed limit and who could…

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National Legislation

S 34: Midnight Rules Relief Act of 2017

Sponsor: Ron Johnson [R-WInull] on 2017-01-05
https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/115/s34

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Midnight Rules Relief Act of 2017 amends the Congressional Review Act to allow Congress to target and revoke mulitiple regulations that were passed in the final year of a President Obama's term. Many of the regulations on the potential chopping block address consumer, environmental, energy, and natural resources issues.