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senate Bill S. 2398

Should Voters Have Control Over How Federal Political Candidates & Campaigns Use Their Personal Information?

Argument in favor

Voters’ personal information is just that — personal. Political campaigns and candidates for elected office shouldn’t have carte blanche access to people’s personal information, and should also be required to inform people when they’ve obtained their information.

jimK's Opinion
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11/27/2019
Please let us control use and access of our personal information. I do not need to be telemarketed to death for donations. Although, I apparently meet some demographic that says I lean toward Republicans; and I do take a perverse pleasure interrogating callers as to why I should support trump or others. The more I ask for answers to clarify their nebulous sloganeered responses, the more frustrated they become until they finally just hang-up. I guess it shouldn’t but it really does make me feel good to do this. Well Naw, I don’t want to be bothered anymore by slogans and tag lines. I want it to stop.
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Soheyr's Opinion
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11/27/2019
No one should have access to my personal information without my informed consent.
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Robert's Opinion
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11/27/2019
Both government and private companies must clearly obtain the users permission before they use your information.
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Argument opposed

Political campaigns need data on voters in order to reach the appropriate audiences for their campaigns. Taking away political campaigns’ right to access voter information would hamper political candidates’ abilities to share their campaign messages and platforms with voters.

Dawn 's Opinion
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11/27/2019
Nope to anything this nutcase introduces. She’s concerned with herself and her political interests ONLY. She should have been removed from her duties when she colluded with the Fake Ford and the Dems, leaking her fallacious accusations against Kavanaugh. Criminal old coot. Trump 2020. MAGA
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eliyak's Opinion
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12/13/2019
This would be a barrier to grassroots campaigns without the funds or expertise to comply.
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KyleCorley's Opinion
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11/27/2019
If people are worried about how their personal information is used then use common sense in how it is shared.
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  • Not enacted
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      senate Committees
      Committee on Rules and Administration
    IntroducedJuly 31st, 2019
    Please let us control use and access of our personal information. I do not need to be telemarketed to death for donations. Although, I apparently meet some demographic that says I lean toward Republicans; and I do take a perverse pleasure interrogating callers as to why I should support trump or others. The more I ask for answers to clarify their nebulous sloganeered responses, the more frustrated they become until they finally just hang-up. I guess it shouldn’t but it really does make me feel good to do this. Well Naw, I don’t want to be bothered anymore by slogans and tag lines. I want it to stop.
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    Nope to anything this nutcase introduces. She’s concerned with herself and her political interests ONLY. She should have been removed from her duties when she colluded with the Fake Ford and the Dems, leaking her fallacious accusations against Kavanaugh. Criminal old coot. Trump 2020. MAGA
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    No one should have access to my personal information without my informed consent.
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    Both government and private companies must clearly obtain the users permission before they use your information.
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    Political or private a release/consent form should be signed.
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    My privacy is important to me.
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    My personal information should not be available to anyone.
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    Why wouldn’t we?
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    Yes, but I don’t believe this bill goes far enough. Not only should individuals have a right to determine in what instances their personal data can be used. We should have the right to be fairly compensated WHENEVER our personal data is used. Big data use in building algorithms is a highly profitable industry. Likewise, those individuals who have made the conscious choice to contribute to such endeavors SHOULD BE ENTITLED TO FAIR COMPENSATION FOR THEIR CONTRIBUTIONS. Example: If Netflix sells a marketing algorithm to Cambridge Analytical for 1.2 billion that was built from the data of 10,000 Netflix users; then, those 10,000 Netflix users have contributed their intellectual property and are entitled to automated fair compensation.
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    Should people have control over their personal information? YES. No qualifiers needed.
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    Yes, absolutely, and while I have a great deal of respect for Senator Feinstein, her Voter Privacy Act of 2019 doesn’t go far enough. I see political campaigns and their accomplices as no better than the whores who sell our data which does not belong to them. Why, for example, would my health be a part of sold data and if it is, The more pertinent question is what organization has violated HIPPA requirements. Further, the burden should be firmly placed on the campaign - I should have to opt IN to receive their marketing rather than having to opt OUT, it should not be shared among or sold between campaigns. I question additionally why campaign robocalls were originally exempted from the Do Not Call registry, but the answer is pretty clear in who benefits from the law as it is written. The term “data broker” as written covers a pretty wide landscape of bad actors and includes any organization that sells OUR data such as credit reporting agencies l, 3rd and 4th parties and insurers yet most of us understand it to be primarily referring to Facebook and Twitter and resulting not only from the Cambridge Analytica scandal, but from what this scandal demonstrated about misuse. Finally, I see nothing detailing potential penalties for the campaigns (and really it’s the data sellers and consulting groups with whom the campaigns, both RNC and DNC, presidential and PAC’s contract with). We should be seeing solid and non-negotiable jail time and fines of $10,000 per individual incident. for violations, yet I doubt that this will happen. Think back to the Equifax breach, nothing happened, in fact there was legislation written to protect Equifax in the aftermath. Please take this much further and provide us with some real protections!
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    Yes. I would think this would be a given. People should be in control of their personal info. There is already entities and situations that are already intruding into our privacy and personal details without getting our permission. Then there are some entities that have the nerve to charge us for trying to check our information to make sure it’s accurate. I think these treat us all like criminals. 😡
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    Protect our data and privacy.
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    Yes!
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    What? Are we stupid? I want them knowing nothing about me except, maybe, my home address. Even that scares the hell out of me. However, if they know my home address, I want to know their home address, too. Not their office address, either. What’s good for the goose is good for the gander, eh? How about they can only know as much about me as I know about them? Sounds fair to me - maybe! Anyone who uses my data should have to pay me. It pisses me off to no end that Equifax, Experian and TransUnion can collect and sell MY DATA, without my consent or remuneration. Who authorized that in the first place? I’d surely like to know!
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    Certainly. Great idea.
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    This country does not owe any politician anything. Politicians have no right to use our information to raise funds, or anything else.
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    Is it okay for a sitting president to bribe a foreign government into investigating a political rival for personal gain, in return for aid already approved by Congress.? Our founding fathers didn’t think so and planned for it. Donald McGhan ordered to comply with subpoena. Bolton’s next:) Devin Nunez met with Ukrainians and directly pushed for Biden investigations. The meetings were set up by Giuliani’s Russian criminal friend Lev Parnas. Sondland was on a “Domestic Political Errand.” Was there a quid pro quo? Sondland, “Yes”. “Everyone was in the loop”. David Holmes, testified that Ukrainian officials “came to understand what was required” in order to get military assistance and a meeting with trump. U.S. ambassador to Ukraine felt threatened by trumps remarks and was threatened by trump while testifying. Long time friend and confidant of trump Roger Stone, found guilty of lying and witness tampering. trump has asked the Supreme Court to keep his taxes hidden, so no more separation of powers in the government. trump sought status of Ukraine investigations showing aid was depended on the investigations themselves. trump complains that witnesses all speak from 2nd and 3rd hand knowledge yet ordered Mulvaney not to testify. Laura Cooper testified that the Pentagon sought clarification from the trump administration about the hold up of the Ukraine aide and received none. A second person has said they reported sexual misconduct involving a former doctor who’s been accused of sexually abusing nearly 300 men over a 17-year period to Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky and his staff felt they would not get the millions of dollars in aid money without publicly committing to launch the investigations Trump wanted. Senior trump administration officials considered resigning en masse in a ‘midnight self massacre’. State Department official says Giuliani was engaged in a campaign ‘full of lies and incorrect information’ about former ambassador. trump has issued pardons for two soldiers being tried for war crimes and returned rank to a soldier who took a selfie with a dead body. trump to pay $2 million for charity foundation misuse. trump wanted attorney general Barr to hold a news conference saying the president broke no laws on Ukraine call. White House official who heard trumps call with Ukraine president was told to keep quite. White House lawyer moved transcript of trump call to classified server after Ukraine adviser raised alarms. He has politicized our national security and has chosen Putin and other dictators over our own congress and security agencies. “I stated to Amb. Sondland that his statements were inappropriate, that the request to investigate Biden and his son had nothing to do with national security, and that such investigations were not something the NSC was going to get involved in or push,” Vindman adds. Lt. Col. Alexander S. Vindman, a top Ukraine expert on the National Security Council is testifying that trump demanded that a foreign government investigate an American citizen in exchange for Congresses approved aide. Just reached a $984 billion deficit while he lines his pockets with our tax dollars and foreign money at his resorts. $400 million in aide money was withheld from Ukraine back in August and Ukrainian leaders were told it was not red tape, that they needed to talk to Chief of Staff Mulvaney to resolve it and make a CNN statement about Biden in order to receive said aide. Rudolph W. Giuliani, the president’s personal lawyer, is running a shadow foreign policy in Ukraine that circumvents U.S. officials and career diplomats in order to personally benefit President trump. Igor Fruman and Lev Parnas. Look them up. North Korea just tested a submarine launched missile. Deserted our Kurdish allies who have been fighting ISIS with us and now are being slaughtered. All because he has a tower in Istanbul. “The Americans betrayed us. We do not trust them anymore,” she added. These used to be our Kurdish allies that stood against ISIS. He is refusing to comply with the law. He is using the power of the presidency to withhold aide to one of the worst humanitarian crisis on the planet in exchange for political favors in order to sway the 20/20 election. He is acting like a criminal and threatening the life of the whistleblower. Mr. America first is sending troops to Saudi Arabia in support of a murdering dictator who spends millions at his hotels and resorts. Corey Lewandowski testified to congress that trump ordered him to obstruct justice. He is blocking information that pertains to the safety of our country from reaching congress. He has been threatening NOAA, a federal agency, with punishment if they do not disavow the truth and side with his lies. He invited the Taliban to Camp David the week of 9/11. He is a #PussyAssBitch He’s doctoring weather maps to try and prove he’s not an idiot. He has stayed at trump properties 293 days in 3 years, that’s our tax dollars going directly into his pocket. He took money from military daycares to pay for a wall that won’t work and no one wants. The Vice President and the Attorney General are both spending tax payer dollars on trump hotels, lining his pockets and currying his favor. He has privately instructed aides to skirt laws and regulations to get the wall built faster — and told them he will pardon them if necessary. He is pressuring a government agency to give a contract for his wall to a company whose chief executive is a donor to one of his top GOP allies in Congress. He took hundreds of millions from 127 different projects (FEMA being one of those) for his wall. He thinks nuking a hurricane is an idea. He is host the next G-7 at one of his own resorts. Again our tax dollars paying him directly. He taunted Iran by tweeting a classified image of an Iranian rocket that had exploded, thereby potentially compromising U.S. intelligence capabilities. His own company would save millions from the low interest rates he is demanding. He was going to give you tax cuts through your paychecks but decided not to. This year the richest of us payed less in taxes than the rest of us. He is destroying the economy with HIS trade war. We will soon average a 1.2 trillion deficit. He is repeating NRA talking points on background checks so expect no action taken regardless of the fact there has been 27 arrested over threats to commit mass attacks since El Paso( NOT TOLEDO). He made fun of republicans being afraid of the NRA and then caved after a 30 minute phone conversation with them. He bragged about indefinite child detention because it brings families together. He is refusing flue shots, that protect us all(google influenza pandemic), to immigrant children. He is attacking fellow congresswomen in really disgusting ways and making anti-Semitic remarks about Jews calling them disloyal. He thinks he’s the chosen one based on a conspiracy theory web sight. He has: Obstructed Justice. Is profiting from the Presidency. Colluded - They had a meeting & lied about it. Advocated political & police violence. Abuse of power. Engaging in reckless behavior. Persecuting political opponents. Attacking the free press. Violating immigrants Right to Due Process. Violating campaign finance laws. Racist: Speaks directly to and often tweeting straight from white supremacists. Calls them very fine people. Told fellow congresswomen to go back where they came from. Called them shit hole countries. Called them murderers and rapists. Calls her Pocahontas. Took out full page adds calling for the death of five innocent black kids in New York, 1989. Literally has said in an interview he has Hitlers speeches, My New Order in his nightstand. Our Money: Spent campaign finance money on hush payments to silence a porn star he had an affair with in order to hide it from the voters. Has spent over $100 million of our tax dollars playing golf at his own golf courses. Has never divested from companies and advertises and profits off the White House. Was going to cut Medicaid and Medicare funding to pay for the tax cuts he gave to the rich. Is actively destroying farmers lives with his trade wars that we all know only hurts our pockets not Chinas. Has made the lives of every truck driver across America as well as our own, more dangerous by removing safety regulations that only benefits the pockets of the CEOs of those companies. Has removed any and all protections we had in place from work safety, environment, women’s rights, LGBTQ rights and gives that power back to the CEOs, oil companies, men and old white men. Saudi funded lobbyist rented 500 rooms at a trump hotel he never divested from right after he became president. Wonder why? Sexual Predator: Accused by more than 20 women of molestation and rape. Bragged about said molestation on tape. Has cheated on all three wives (see above). Has made sexual remarks on camera about his daughter. Belittles and bully’s women. Not even sure he’s aware he has two daughters. Idiot: Has allowed North Korea to grow there nuclear weapons program. Took the side of Putin over America’s own security agencies on the national stage. Lacks the intelligence and facts needed to communicate on a global level much less national one. Makes policy decisions based on FOX media. Lies when speaks. Doesn’t believe in science and quite often displays his ignorance of it. Russia: Lied about meetings with Russians. Lied about a trump tower Moscow. Personal attorney Michael Cohen (same guy who broke campaign finance laws under trumps direction) had contacts with russian officials. National Security aide Flynn resigned over Russian contacts. Jeff Sessions recused himself because of Russian contacts. Manafort resigned because of Russian contacts. Campaign foreign policy adviser Papadopoulos met with Russians then bragged about it to Australians who then turned that info over to our FBI. Sixteen campaign officials had contacts with Russia and at least nine others new about it. Russian mobster lived in trump tower. trump casino was flagged 106 times for lax money laundering standards and same Russian frequently stayed at trump casino. Has been selling real estate to Russians for years. It really is surprising how many connections to Russians this man has. Rick Scott, Marco Rubio, Bill Posey You are my representatives. OLC policy: The indictment or criminal prosecution of a criminal investigation of a sitting President would unconstitutionally undermine the capacity of the executive branch to perform its constitutionally assigned functions. It’s time to do your job. You swore an oath to this country, it’s people and me to uphold the constitution. The president has never upheld that oath. How do you want to be remembered?
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    Voters should have control over their private information at all times in a free society.
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    Yes,absolutely
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