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First Amendment Rights: Good News from the IRS on Donor Privacy

In this era of increased harassment and persecution of people on the basis of political viewpoints and First Amendment expression, there’s actually good news to report.

In fact, that positive development comes from none other than the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), which few people typically consider a font of good news.

Specifically, the IRS just announced a proposed rule to stop requiring nonprofit organizations to file what’s known as a Form 990 Schedule B, which exposes sensitive donor information not only to the federal government and potential rogues like former IRS official Lois Lerner, but also people who seek to access and use that information to target people on the basis of political belief.

As we at CFIF have long asserted, this welcome move will help protect the…[more]

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Thursday, February 08 2018

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the Center for Individual Freedom (CFIF) released a poll of Maine voters examining consumer concerns related to the internet, finding that consumers in the state ultimately prefer comprehensive legislation to protect all of their internet activity rather than congressional action that simply reinstates the Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) old "net neutrality" rules.

Notably, 82% of the respondents say they have become more concerned about the privacy of their information on the internet.  In line with those sentiments, Maine voters want Congress to act on legislation that helps ensure consumers are protected and treated fairly by all internet companies – Internet Service Providers (ISPs), search engines and social media companies – along with the principles broadly identified as "net neutrality."

That support transcends partisan affiliation, registering approval by 57% of Democrats, 57% of Republicans and 56% of Independents.

Overall, when given the choice between Congress reinstating the FCC's 2015 “net neutrality” rules that apply only to ISPs, or Congress passing legislation that both puts the tenets of “net neutrality” into law and ensures that they are treated in a fair and neutral manner by all internet companies (including on privacy), they prefer the latter by a 57-23% margin.

Key findings indicate near universal support for federal legislation that applies certain "guiding principles" of neutrality, transparency and privacy protections to all internet companies:

• 89% - Every ISP would need to disclose accurate and relevant information in plain language regarding the price, performance, and network management practices of its services. 
• 88% - Social media sites and apps, and search engines would be required to fully disclose their practices on censorship, child protection and prohibiting the use of their services for illegal activities.
• 88% - ISPs, social media sites and apps, and search engines would all have to follow the same rules to protect your privacy and the security of your data.
• 87% - Consumers would have the freedom to use the personal devices and apps they want.
• 84% - ISPs could not block or slow down websites or services that consumers access on the internet.
• 84% - To ensure a level playing field for all competitors, there would be one set of rules that apply to all internet companies.

While Maine voters may think “net neutrality” is important, their concerns about privacy, censorship and trust on the internet go significantly beyond the products and services offered by an ISP. Voters feel strongly that all internet companies – ISPs, search engines and social media companies – should be governed by the same comprehensive consumer-focused legislation that addresses internet privacy and transparency far more than just "net neutrality" applied solely to ISPs.

Read the full poll memo here.

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Founded in 1998, the Center for Individual Freedom is a constitutional and free market advocacy organization with hundreds of thousands of activists and supporters nationwide

 

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