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  • Additional Constitutional Protections: Voting, Privacy, Bearing Arms

    This document provides a brief overview of certain additional rights under the US Constitution, answering the following questions: What constitutional rights are there besides those in the First Amendment? Is there a right to bear arms? Is there a right to privacy? Is there a right to vote? What do some of the amendments in the Bill of Rights say? The document is excerpted from An Introduction to Law in Georgia, Fourth Edition, published by the Carl Vinson Institute of Government, 1998 (updated 2004). Read More

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    Carl Vinson Institute
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    Spanish / Español
  • Chilling Effects Clearinghouse - monitoring the legal climate for Internet activity

    Do you know your online rights? Have you received a letter asking you to remove information from a Web site or to stop engaging in an activity? Are you concerned about liability for information that someone else posted to your online forum? If so, this web site is for you. Chilling Effects aims to help you understand the protections that the First Amendment and intellectual property laws give to your online activities. We are excited about the new opportunities the Internet offers individuals to express their views, parody politicians, celebrate their favorite movie stars, or criticize businesses. But we've noticed that not everyone feels the same way. Anecdotal evidence suggests that some individuals and corporations are using intellectual property and other laws to silence other online users. Chilling Effects encourages respect for intellectual property law, while frowning on its misuse to "chill" legitimate activity. Content Detail

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    Electronic Frontier Foundation and Harvard, Stanford, Berkeley, University of San Francisco, and University of Maine law school clinics
  • Consumer Privacy Issues - FTC Web Site

    Advances in computer technology have made it possible for detailed information about people to be compiled and shared more easily and cheaply than ever. That's good for society as a whole and individual consumers. For example, it is easier for law enforcement to track down criminals, for banks to prevent fraud, and for consumers to learn about new products and services, allowing them to make better-informed purchasing decisions. At the same time, as personal information becomes more accessible, each of us - companies, associations, government agencies, and consumers - must take precautions to protect against the misuse of that information. The Federal Trade Commission is educating consumers and businesses about the importance of personal information privacy. Read more about our efforts, what we've learned, and what you can do to protect the privacy of your personal information. Content Detail

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    Federal Trade Commission
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    Spanish / Español
  • Fair Treatment by the Government: Equal Protection

    In the United States people have the right to be treated in a fair and equal way by the government. This protection is contained in the "Equal Protection" clauses of the U.S. Constitution. This document tells you more about your rights to be treated fairly and equally. The document is excerpted from An Introduction to Law in Georgia, Fourth Edition, published by the Carl Vinson Institute of Government, 1998 (updated 2004). Read More

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    Carl Vinson Institute
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    Spanish / Español
  • Freedom of Assembly, Association and Rights to Petition the Government

    This document discusses rights of association and assembly and the right to petition the government under the US Constution. The document is excerpted from An Introduction to Law in Georgia, Fourth Edition, published by the Carl Vinson Institute of Government, 1998 (updated 2004). Read More

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    Carl Vinson Institute
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    Spanish / Español
  • Freedom of Information Act Requests from the U.S. Department of Justice

    This web site contains information about how to use the Freedom of Information Act to obtain information from the Department of Justice. Content Detail

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    U.S. Department of Justice
  • Freedom of Religion and the Establishment Clause of the Constitution

    This document discusses the rights to freedom of religion and the establishment clause of the US Constution, excerpted from An Introduction to Law in Georgia, Fourth Edition, published by the Carl Vinson Institute of Government, 1998 (updated 2004). Read More

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    Carl Vinson Institute
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    Spanish / Español
  • Freedom of Speech

    This document discusses basic free speech rights under the US Constution and the Georgia Constitution, answering the following questions: What does the First Amendment say? What is speech? What are the two principles that justify placing limits on free speech? Do all kinds of speech have the same protection? The document is excerpted from An Introduction to Law in Georgia, Fourth Edition, published by the Carl Vinson Institute of Government, 1998 (updated 2004). Read More

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    Carl Vinson Institute
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    Spanish / Español
  • Freedom of the Press

    This document discusses basic free press rights under the US Constution and answers the following questions: What is freedom of the press? What does the right to access mean? Do reporters always have to reveal their sources to the government? What is a "gag order"? Can judges require the press to stop publicizing a case before it goes underway? How does prior restraint affect school newspapers? The document is excerpted from An Introduction to Law in Georgia, Fourth Edition, published by the Carl Vinson Institute of Government, 1998 (updated 2004). Read More

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    Spanish / Español
  • Guide to On-Line Privacy

    This document provides detailed information about privacy rights through the Constitution, legislation and agency inititiatives, legislation before Congress, and resources for protecting your medical, financial, and other information. Content Detail

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    Center for Democracy and Technology
  • How to Use the Federal Freedom of Information Act

    This booklet is designed as a general "do-it-yourself" guide to using the federal Freedom of Information Act. This is the ninth edition of the guide, which was originally published in 1976 and has been updated and expanded to include recent court opinions that affect the FOI Act. This booklet was researched and edited by The FOI Service Center, a project of the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press. It describes how to use the Act as an effective investigative tool, and provides sample letters, forms and directories to assist you in dealing with the government promptly and effectively. Content Detail

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    The Reporters' Committee for Freedom of the Press
  • Sample Affidavit Relating to the Closure of an Open Meeting

    In general Georgia law requires that meetings by government be open to the public. A Georgia government body can only close a meeting to the public in a limited number of situations. This sample document is an affidavit, a sworn statement, to be signed by one or more of the people leading the meeting to explain (1) why the meeting was closed, and (2) what authority they had under Georgia law to close the meeting. It also contains provisions for the person to confirm that no additional business that the public would be entitled to witness was conducted during the closed session. Content Detail

  • Sample Georgia Open Records Request for Electronic Documents

    This document is a form for requesting electronic documents. If you are requesting printed documents, photographs, tape recordings, etc., please use the traditional document request letter. Also, keep a copy of the signed letter you send and any postal receipts, facsimile transmittal confirmation sheets, etc., in case they are needed as an exhibit in a legal action to enforce the Open Records Act. Content Detail

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    Georgia First Amendment Foundation
  • The Right to Bear Arms

    This document explains the law relating to the Second Amendment of the Constitution relating to the "right to bear arms." The document also contains additional links to other web sites which contain related information. Read More

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    American Civil Liberties Union of Georgia
  • Using the Freedom of Information Act: A Step-by-Step Guide

    The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) was passed by Congress in 1966 and amended in 1974. FOIA creates procedures so that any member of the public may obtain the records of the agencies of the federal government. The purpose of this Guide is to help you exercise your right to "open agency action to the light of public scrutiny." This document contains detailed information, instructions and sample letters designed to help you make an effective FOIA request. Content Detail

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    American Civil Liberties Union
  • What are Constitutional Rights?

    This document answers the following questions: What are constitutional rights? How do constitutional rights differ from other legal rights?From whom do constitutional rights protect you? The document is excerpted from An Introduction to Law in Georgia, Fourth Edition, published by the Carl Vinson Institute of Government, 1998 (updated 2004). Read More

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    Carl Vinson Institute
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    Spanish / Español