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California: Let’s Get Police Policies and Training Materials Online

Californians have a fundamental right to understand the operations of the law enforcement agencies that they pay for.

One of the best ways to reach that understanding is to be able to review the policies, protocols, and training materials that officers must follow, whether it’s about the deployment of surveillance, or the use of deadly force.

Tell California Gov. Jerry Brown to sign S.B. 978 to require transparency by default for law enforcement rules and training materials across the state.

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Tell the Transportation Committee: Don’t Give DHS and DOJ Free Rein to Shoot Down Private Drones

When government agencies hide their activities from the public, private drones can be a crucial tool for transparency and journalism. But now, some members of Congress want to give the Department of Justice and Department of Homeland Security—including Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)—the power to intercept and destroy private drones it considers a “threat,” with no safeguards ensuring that that power isn’t abused.

Let’s tell the House of Representatives Transportation Committee that the FAA reauthorization bill should not include any language expanding the government’s power to track, control, or destroy privately-owned drones.

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California: Youth in State Care Deserve Internet Access

When the state is charged with caring for children, state officials must ensure those youth are provided with the tools they need to grow and live full lives. In 2018, this means access to computers and the Internet.

Please tell Gov. Jerry Brown to sign A.B. 2448 into law to establish that access to the Internet is a legal right for juvenile detainees and youth in foster care.

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Don’t Give DHS and DOJ Free Rein to Shoot Down Private Drones

When government agencies hide their activities from the public, private drones can be a crucial tool for transparency and journalism. But now, some members of Congress want to give the Department of Justice and Department of Homeland Security—including Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)—the power to intercept and destroy private drones it considers a “threat,” with no safeguards ensuring that that power isn’t abused.

Let’s tell the House of Representatives to reject the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) authorization bill unless these powers are stripped from it.

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Californians: Help Secure Net Neutrality Protections and Tell the Governor to Sign S.B. 822

Internet users were already at the mercy of ISPs, like AT&T, Comcast, and Verizon before the FCC repealed net neutrality protections. Now they don’t have to treat everything you access online equally. Now the California Legislature has passed a bill that will provide strong protections for an open and free Internet, but it still needs Governor Jerry Brown’s signature.

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Tell the Senate to Pass a Strong Election Security Bill

The Senate is considering legislation meant to protect free and fair elections in the U.S. But one of the current proposals doesn’t include the two most important elements: universal paper ballots, and automatic “risk-limiting” audits.

Let’s tell the Senate: if it doesn't include these essential features, it's not a real election security bill.

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California: Demand Community Control of Police Surveillance

SB 1186 is a proposed law that would subject the acquisition of police surveillance technology across California to public oversight. Modeled on successful local laws in Oakland, Santa Clara County, and elsewhere across the country, it would end an era of secrecy and expand democratic transparency. EFF supports SB 1186 and encourages the legislature to reject further changes and enact the law as currently drafted.

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California: Demand Accountability for Law Enforcement Surveillance Technology

Police departments should not have the unilateral authority to decide which privacy invasions are in the public interest. The public must have a say in the surveillance technologies that police acquire and how they deploy them. And elected officials must have veto power: the authority to decide what surveillance systems do not belong in our communities.

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Stop SESTA/FOSTA

We all rely on online communities to work, socialize, and learn. From the largest social media sites to the smallest message board, online platforms are central to our right to assemble and speak out. SESTA and FOSTA would put all of us at risk of being shut out of those spaces.