Privacy & Surveillance

“If at first you don’t succeed…” USA FREEDOM Reform Odds in Senate Bolstered by Midnight Amendment to House Defense Appropriations Bill!

DD doesn’t know if Reps. Jim Sensenbrenner (R-WI), Zoe Lofgren (D-CA) and Thomas Massie (R-KY) meditate but, if they do, “Try. Try Again.” could well be their mantras. Unbowed by the House’s last minute gutting and passage of a fatally watered down version of the USA Freedom Act, they penned, promulgated and — just shy of midnight last night — ... Read More »

Wall Street Watchdogs at Odds with Majority of the House and 80%+ of Americans Over Warrantless “E-Searches”

Getting a strong and bipartisan majority in Congress to vote for anything these days is hard enough and it’s much, much rarer still for a majority of all Members of the House to formally co-sponsor a given bill.  That distinctive and important milestone — 218 official cosponsors — was reached today, however, by legislation featured in May 30’s “Warrant? Who ... Read More »

30+ civil liberties groups, 9 top tech CEOs, call on Congress to get surveillance reform right.

As recently reported in District Dispatch, the Senate Judiciary Committee is preparing to consider the latest House-passed version of the USA FREEDOM Act later this month.  As that “markup” nears, ALA and more than 30 other leading national civil liberties and pro-privacy organizations have written to Majority Leader Harry Reid, Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and to the Chairs and most ... Read More »

Warrant? Who Needs a Warrant??!!??

Remember Mad Cow Disease, Chernobyl and the Iran-Contra Affair? They were big news in 1986, the last time that Congress passed a law intended to protect the privacy of our electronic communications. Problem is, that was five years before almost anyone had even heard of e-mail let alone owned a computer. As a result, the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA) ... Read More »

Surveillance, libraries and information manipulation

What does the collection and retention of bulk phone records and other personal information mean for the public and for library users? Learn about the ways that personal information and Internet access is managed by the government at “Information Manipulation Part II: Surveillance,” a conference session that takes place during the 2014 American Library Association Annual Conference. The program will ... Read More »