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Category: Privacy & Surveillance

Deadlock on Section 702 surveillance bills

Legislation to reauthorize the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) is due to expire on Dec 31st of this year. Currently three Senate and two House bills are on the table, but the House and Senate Judiciary and Intelligence Committees are not close to resolving differences. Experts say that the reauthorization…

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ALA files comments to Department of Homeland Security

Today, ALA filed comments to the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Privacy Office expressing our concerns about the Department’s plans to monitor and collect social media information on all immigrants to the United States. By way of background, DHS published a new rule under the Privacy Act of 1974 in the…

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Email privacy protection measures introduced in Senate

Nearly six months ago, the Email Privacy Act (H.R. 387) was approved overwhelmingly in the House. Now, bipartisan legislation just introduced in the Senate goes further. It fully incorporates and significantly expands the protections laid out in H.R. 387 to comprehensively update the 1986 Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA). The…

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How libraries can respond to the repeal of the FCC privacy rules

This blog is cross-posted from the Intellectual Freedom Blog, written by the Office for Intellectual Freedom of the American Library Association. This week Congress, voting along party lines, passed a resolution that repealed the groundbreaking privacy rules adopted by the Federal Communications Commission last October under the Obama administration. The…

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Papers AND passwords, please…

The Department of Homeland Security is increasingly demanding without cause that non-citizens attempting to lawfully enter the U.S. provide border officials with their electronic devices and the passwords to their private social media accounts. Today, ALA is pleased to join 50 other national public interest organizations – and nearly 90…

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