Almost, but not too late to tell @SpeakerRyan to #StopCISA

by Adam Eisgrau Managing Director, ALA Office of Government Relations Cross-posted from District Dispatch Loyal District Dispatch readers know that, literally for years, ALA and a strong coalition of groups and companies from across the political spectrum have been fighting

House hearing held on stopping warrantless searches in the cloud

by Mack Freeman (Crossposted from the Intellectual Freedom Blog) This week, the House Judiciary Committee held a hearing on reforming the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA). The ECPA is a federal law that controls how the government can access private

FTRF and ALA join amicus brief asserting readers’ First Amendment right to be free of NSA’s online surveillance

Crossposted from the Office for Intellectual Freedom’s Blog The Freedom to Read Foundation (FTRF) and American Library Association (ALA) on Thursday joined with booksellers, international, and research librarians to file an amicus brief defending their ability – and the ability

Urgent: Help Rebury “Zombie” Cybersecurity Bill

by Adam Eisgrau, ALA Washington Office Crossposted from District Dispatch It’s back to the “barricades” for librarians and our many civil liberties coalition allies. Just over a year ago, District Dispatch sounded the alarm about the return of privacy-hostile “cybersecurity”

Time for Action: Ending “bulk collection” of library records on the line in looming Senate vote

by Adam Eisgrau, ALA Washington Office May 14, 2015 Crossposted from District Dispatch Last night the House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly, 338 to 88, for passage of the latest version of the USA FREEDOM Act, H.R. 2048. The bill —

Choose Privacy Week Brief: Tell Congress to Support Real Privacy and Surveillance Law Reform

The time is long past for Section 215 to be meaningfully reformed to restore the civil liberties massively and unjustifiably compromised by the USA PATRIOT Act. ~~ALA President Courtney Young  Very nearly from the day the USA PATRIOT Act was

ALA says “NO!” to Section 215 reauthorization gambit

(Crossposted from ALA-WO’s District Dispatch) As both chambers of Congress prepare to take up and debate long-needed surveillance law reform, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s (R-KY) bill (introduced late yesterday) to simply reauthorize the “library provision” (Section 215) of the

“60 Minutes” Segment Discusses How Our Personal Online Data is Tracked, Bought and Sold

The March 9, 2014 broadcast of “60 Minutes” provides a good basic introduction to the activities of data brokers – how online personal data is tracked, bought, and sold without users’ knowledge: Additional online-only content at the “60 Minutes” website