Privacy & Surveillance

Tell your senators: ‘Don’t let ECPA threaten my electronic privacy!’

The Electronic Communications Privacy Act — or ECPA as it is affectionately called — is scheduled for markup this Thursday, November 29th, in the Senate Judiciary Committee (SJC). Originally enacted in 1986 when technology was less complex and less embedded in our lives, ECPA is again up for reauthorization. There is a need for ECPA reform given all the new technologies ... Read More »

PIPA, SOPA and OPEN Act Quick Reference Guide

The last month or so has seen a flurry of anti-piracy, online infringing, copyright-related bills.  The latest newcomer is the Online Protection and Enforcement of Digital Trade Act or OPEN Act (S. 2029).  Introduced on December 17, 2011 by Sen. Wyden (D-OR), along with Senators Moran (R-KS) and Cantwell (D-WA), the OPEN Act is being heralded as a more palatable ... Read More »

Ask your Representative to vote “NO” on SOPA

The clock is ticking and the time to act is NOW to STOP SOPA!  On Thursday, December 15 at 10:00 a.m. (EST) the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on the Judiciary will meet to markup and potentially vote in committee on H.R. 3261, the “Stop Online Piracy Act” or SOPA.  This egregious bill, introduced in October by Rep. Lamar Smith ... Read More »

From the “couldn’t have said it much better” file…

Last week ALA Office for Information Technology Policy (OITP) intern Lauren Vilbert and I attended the National Journal Policy Briefing: Technology 2012 and Beyond featuring two panels of telecommunications and technology experts discussing issues ranging from broadband and innovation policy to privacy and data security to spectrum allocation. The policy summit was placed within the context of the 2012 elections, ... Read More »

ALA announces support of Digital Due Process

The American Library Association (ALA) today joined the Digital Due Process Coalition (DDP), seeking to update the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA).   DDP includes a diverse group of privacy advocates, major companies and think tanks, proposing principles to guide the updating of ECPA, the key federal law that defines the rules for government access to e-mail and private files stored ... Read More »