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2009-04-27 13:49:30

Britain's Home Secretary Jacqui Smith said Monday that the government wants telecom firms and Internet service providers to maintain records of every e-mail, phone call and Web site visit made in the country. However, the government has backed away from plans to establish a national database of such information, a proposal that was harshly criticized by civil liberties group as a "Big Brother"-like invasion of privacy. Last October, the British government said it was considering the...

2009-02-04 22:17:00

WASHINGTON, Feb. 4 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- AmericaSpeakOn.org (ASO) announces today the launch of a nation-wide online and grassroots Movement of Americans committed to basic freedoms. AmericaSpeakOn.org invites all Americans to get up, get involved, use their voice, and speak their minds. America, this is your place to use your voice, tell a friend, and speak on whatever issues matter most. Join the conversation. Together we can make this Nation a better place. AmericaSpeakOn.org...

2009-01-05 16:25:00

NEW YORK, Jan. 5 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- According to news sources, on Monday China launched a crackdown on Internet pornography, targeting online portals and search engines such as Google. According to a statement issued by NPR, "The crackdown focused on pornography but is part of a larger Chinese effort to control freedom of expression..." Robert Peters, President of Morality in Media, issued the following statement: China is to be commended for cracking down on Internet...

2008-09-25 12:00:23

Text of report in English by Finish conservative newspaper Helsingin Sanomat International Edition website, on 25 September [Unattributed report: "NBI To Monitor Internet More Closely"] Interior Ministry blocks access of ordinary police to YouTube The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) is upgrading its monitoring of the Internet for about a month, said National Police Commissioner Mikko Paatero on Wednesday [ 24 September]. "No actual orders have been given yet, but the NBI will be...

2008-08-22 00:00:19

The City of Lake Forest and the Lake Forest City Council entered into a stipulated agreement to dismiss a lawsuit pending in U.S. District Court brought by three day laborer organizations - La Asociacion de Trabajadores de Lake Forest, the Colectivo Tonantzin and the National Day Laborer Organizing Network - represented by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). During a June 20, 2008, settlement conference with U.S. Magistrate Judge Arthur Nakazato, the ACLU agreed to dismiss the City and...

2008-07-31 03:00:37

By Marc Freeman, South Florida Sun-Sentinel Jul. 31--A Palm Beach County judge this week dismissed a class-action lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union against local education officials over the county's high school graduation rate. Circuit Judge Jonathan Gerber ruled that the ACLU, on behalf of parents and students, had no right to sue the School Board and Superintendent Art Johnson over a state constitutional requirement to provide students with "a high quality...

2008-07-25 12:00:49

To: RADIO-TELEVISION EDITORS Contact: William Perry Pendley of the Mountain States Legal Foundation, +1-303-292-2021 DENVER, July 25 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A demand by a federal agency that two companies agree to a race-based set aside as a condition to approval of their merger today drew a warning that the provision is unconstitutional from a western, nonprofit, public- interest law firm known for civil rights litigation. In a letter to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC),...

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2008-07-23 09:20:00

On Tuesday, a federal appeals court struck down a 1998 law proposed to protect children from sexual and objectionable material on the Internet calling the law unconstitutional. The verdict by the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Philadelphia is the newest turn in legal battle over the Child Online Protection Act that has lasted nearly 10 years.  The battle has reached the Supreme Court once before and could be going back. The proposed law would keep Web sites from making questionable...

2008-07-18 09:00:47

This weekend marks the 160th anniversary of the first women's rights convention in history. The Seneca Falls Convention in New York, convened by Elizabeth Cady Stanton and four feminist friends, met during the hot days of July 19-20, 1848, "to discuss the social, civil, and religious condition and rights of woman." It was at this convention that Stanton proposed her shocking resolution for "woman suffrage" _ demanding women's right to vote. A short, unsigned notice, composed around a tea...

2006-07-28 16:47:43

By Barbara Liston ORLANDO, Florida (Reuters) - The American Civil Liberties Union said on Friday it may challenge on religious grounds a new ordinance in Orlando banning the feeding of homeless people in downtown parks. "The city is not going to be able to interfere with church groups and religious groups who are fulfilling their mission of feeding the homeless," said Howard Simon, executive director of the Florida ACLU. "There may be other grounds on which the law may be...


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