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Al Franken's Public Statements on Issue: Civil Liberties and Civil Rights

Full Name: Al Franken
Office: U.S. Senate (MN) - Jr, Democratic/Farmer/Labor
First Elected: 11/04/2008
Next Election: 2014
On The Ballot: Announced, Democratic/Farmer/Labor for U.S. Senate
Primary Aug. 12, 2014
Gender: Male
Family: Wife: Franni; 2 Children: Thomasin, Joe
Birth Date: 05/21/1951
Birth Place: New York, NY
Religion: Jewish
Date Title
Feb. 5, 2014 Letter to Kevin Tussy, FacialNetwork.com - Facial Recognition App
Jan. 27, 2014 Sens. Franken, Heller Call Surveillance Disclosure Announcement a Step Forward, Say Legislative Action Still Needed
Jan. 19, 2014 Klobuchar, Franken Ramp Up Driver Privacy Efforts
Nov. 13, 2013 At Hearing, Witnesses Underscore Need for Chairman Franken's Transparency Surveillance Bill
Oct. 30, 2013 Sens. Franken, Heller Announce Reintroduction of Bill to Increase Transparency over Government Surveillance of Americans
Sept. 20, 2013 Letter to Tim Cook, Apple Inc. - Sen. Franken Questions Apple on Privacy Implications of New iPhone Fingerprint Technology
Sept. 12, 2013 Letter to Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Facebook - Reconsider Potential Expansion of its Facial Recognition Program
Aug. 28, 2013 Sen. Franken's Statement on the 50th Anniversary of Martin Luther King, Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" Speech
Aug. 1, 2013 Sen. Franken Introduces Bill to Increase Transparency of Government Surveillance Programs
July 23, 2013 CNN.com - We Need Transparency on Domestic Surveillance
June 25, 2013 Sen. Franken Calls Supreme Court Ruling on Voting Rights Act a "Significant Setback"
June 11, 2013 Senators: End Secret Law
June 11, 2013 Sen. Franken Pushes to Increase Transparency of Federal Surveillance Programs
April 1, 2013 Sen. Franken Calls for End to Disturbing Consumer Tracking Trend
March 13, 2013 Letter to Mr. Will Smith, CEO Euclid, Inc. - Stop Tracking Consumers without Their Permission
March 7, 2013 Letter to Secretary Kerry - Prioritize Global Women's Rights
Feb. 19, 2013 Letter to Attorney General Eric Holder and FBI Director Robert Mueller - Religion and Hate Crimes
Oct. 11, 2012 Sen. Franken Announces New Gov't Report Showing Mobile Industry Companies Do Not Adequately Inform Consumers about How They Use Location Data; Report Says Federal Action Would Help Address Problem
Sept. 25, 2012 Letter to Raúl Castro, President of the Republic of Cuba - Release Alan Gross
Aug. 23, 2012 Letter to Attorney General Eric Holder
July 18, 2012 Hearing of the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Privacy, Technology and the Law - On Privacy Surrounding Facial Recognition Technology
July 18, 2012 Hearing of the Senate Judiciary Committee - "What Facial Recognition Technology Means for Privacy and Civil Liberties"
June 27, 2012 Following Senate Field Hearing, Sen. Franken Introduces Legislation to Stop Abusive Debt Collection Practices, Protect Patient Privacy
April 23, 2012 Care2.com - White House Endorses Student Non Discrimination Act
April 17, 2012 Letter to Eric Holder, Attorney General of U.S. Department of Justice
March 5, 2012 Wired - Privacy and Civil Liberties in the Digital Age
Feb. 29, 2012 Hearing of the Senate Judiciary Committee - The Due Process Guarantee Act: Banning the Indefinite Detention of Americans
Jan. 26, 2012 Citizens United Anniversary
Oct. 25, 2011 Letter to Attorney General Holder and Chairman Liebowitz
Sept. 23, 2011 Letter to Ms. Marshall - OnStar President
June 29, 2011 13 Senators Team Up to Assure LGBT Youth that "It Gets Better"
June 15, 2011 Sens. Franken, Blumenthal Introduce Bill to Protect Consumer Privacy on Mobile Devices
May 13, 2011 Care2.com - New Tech Tools and Protecting Our Privacy
May 10, 2011 Chairman Franken Presses Apple and Google to Protect Safety and Privacy of Mobile Device Users
March 16, 2011 Senator Feinstein Introduces DOMA Repeal Legislation
March 10, 2011 Politico - Senate Democrats Push Facebook on Privacy
Dec. 20, 2010 Huffington Post - The Most Important Free Speech Issue of our Time
Dec. 1, 2010 Sen. Franken's Response to FCC Chair's Statement on Net Neutrality
Sept. 5, 2010 Star Tribune - Franken Ratchets Up Rhetoric in War Against Corporate Power
July 26, 2010 The Huffington Post - Sen. Franken to the Netroots: Only You Can Stop the Corporate Takeover of Free Speech
May 20, 2010 Franken Introduces Bill To Protect LGBT Students From Bullying At School
April 27, 2010 Schumer, Bennet, Franken, Begich Ask Facebook To Fix Privacy Policy
Dec. 5, 2009 American Hostages
Jan. 1, 2014 Issue Position: Civil Rights
Jan. 1, 2014 Issue Position: Equality and Civil Rights
Jan. 1, 2014 Issue Position: Consumers, Privacy, & Net Neutrality
Jan. 1, 2011 Issue Position: Civil Rights - Elections
Jan. 1, 2011 Issue Position: Civil Rights - Fighting Discrimination
Jan. 1, 2011 Issue Position: Civil Rights - Fighting Discrimination - Student Non-Discrimination Act
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