November 9, 2005 | By Rebecca Jeschke

Non-Profit Coalition Wins Challenge to Federal Watch-List Policy

EFF and 12 other national non-profit organizations have won their battle against a government fundraising policy that required checking employees against terrorist government watch-lists. It's a big victory for free speech and privacy -- not to mention the non-profits and the federal employees who want to support them through the Combined Federal Campaign, or CFC.

CFC allows federal workers to donate to charities with automatic payroll deductions, and it raises hundreds of millions of dollars every year for thousands of organizations. But CFC rules put in place last year would have forced us to check all of our employees and expenditures against several anti-terrorism "black lists" of people and organizations that the government suspects are linked to terrorism.

EFF withdrew from the program in protest. We knew that those watch-lists are created by the government with secret information that is notoriously unreliable, and we refused to violate the privacy of our clients and employees. But now that the federal government has dropped the list-checking requirements, EFF will join the CFC again. We hope that our members will support us and the new policy by donating to EFF through the CFC.


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