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Sandra
Fulton

Sandra Fulton is a Legislative Assistant at the ACLU's Washington Legislative Office working on First Amendment and privacy issues.

We Still Need Diversity and Minority Ownership in our Media

By Sandra Fulton, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 2:05pm
We rely on the media to help us make informed decisions by presenting not just the details of important issues, but also a variety of perspectives and opinions surrounding them. Unfortunately a new proposal from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) would weaken important existing protections that ensure our free access to media of all varieties.
It Was Close, But We Won: Viva Net Neutrality!

It Was Close, But We Won: Viva Net Neutrality!

By Sandra Fulton, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 12:37pm

In a largely partisan vote, Senate Democrats defeated a resolution that would have overturned the FCC's open Internet rules that are set to go into effect this month.

Burn the Flag or Burn the Constitution?

Burn the Flag or Burn the Constitution?

By Sandra Fulton, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 4:53pm

Sadly, Congress is once again considering an amendment to the U. S. Constitution banning desecration of the American flag and, in doing so, testing our political leaders' willingness to defend what is arguably one of America's most sacred principles — protecting political speech.

Groups Ask: "Please Protect Our Privacy from E-Verify"

By Sandra Fulton, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 5:15pm

Citing a variety of privacy concerns, a broad coalition of advocacy groups from across the political spectrum including libertarians, consumer groups and privacy advocates sent letters to both the House and Senate Monday opposing a mandatory E-Verify…

Google's Transparency Tool Exposes Government Demands for Personal Information

By Sandra Fulton, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 12:38pm

Google released its new transparency report this week, revealing that U.S. government demands for the personal information of Google's users, like chat records or emails, continue to rise. The report serves to emphasize the heightened importance…

You're Going to Need a Warrant For That, Officer

You're Going to Need a Warrant For That, Officer

By Sandra Fulton, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 1:49pm

Last year Yasir Afifi, a 20-year-old U.S.-born citizen, found a strange device attached to his car. When he posted a photo of it online, the FBI showed up at his home two days later. They wanted their GPS tracking device back. The FBI had…

Students Have Privacy Rights, Too

By Sandra Fulton, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 7:34pm

Schools collect a wealth of information on students.  Some of this—such as grades, discipline problems, and household income—makes sense for educators to collect and can be vital to the protection of civil rights. Some—such…

E-Verify is Not Ready for Prime Time

By Sandra Fulton, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 12:57pm

Last week, House Republicans called a hearing on the status of the employment verification system E-Verify. E-Verify is basically a series of giant, Internet-based government databases that contains a list of all American workers and whether they…

King Hearing Was Counterproductive and Discriminatory

By Sandra Fulton, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 11:18am

It was a sad day on Capitol Hill as Rep.Peter King (R-NY) chaired a misinformed, counterproductive and discriminatory hearing in the House Homeland Security Committee to discuss the "radicalization" of American Muslims. Instead of focusing…

The Fourth Amendment is Going Dark

By Sandra Fulton, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 12:40pm

In 1994 the FBI decided it needed a surveillance system built into the telephone network to enable it to listen to any conversation with the flip of a switch. Congress obliged by passing the Communication Assistance to Law Enforcement Act (CALEA),…

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