Privacy & Surveillance

The Email Privacy Act’s time is now!

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As reported in District Dispatch less than a month ago, ALA President Julie Todaro called on both Chambers of Congress to immediately pass H.R. 387, the Email Privacy Act. This critical and long overdue legislation had just been reintroduced after unanimously passing the House last year before stalling in the Senate. If approved in the current Congress, the bill finally ... Read More »

ALA urges Senators to probe Sessions on privacy

Sen. Jeff Sessions at his confirmation hearing

ALA, together with a baker’s dozen of allied organizations, has written to the members of the Senate Judiciary Committee on the eve of its hearings on the confirmation of Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) to serve as the nation’s next Attorney General. Detailing concerns about Sen. Sessions’ record on a host of issues – including expressly his opposition to the special ... Read More »

Fight for Email Privacy Act passage begins now . . . again

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It’s a pretty sure bet that, when James Madison penned the Fourth Amendment to assure the right of all Americans to be “secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects against unreasonable searches and seizures,” he didn’t have protecting emails, texts, tweets and cloud-stored photo and other files in mind. Fortunately, Congress attempted to remedy that understandable omission 197 years ... Read More »

New judicial rule poses massive privacy threat

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Ever hear of Rule 41 of the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure? Neither has practically anyone else, including Members of Congress. Unless Congress says “wait” before Dec. 1, it will grant federal law enforcement authorities sweeping new powers to remotely hack into computers or computer systems – maybe yours or your library’s — to neutralize a cybersecurity threat that they ... Read More »

ALA writes to French council on information access

Google search result: Some results may have been removed under data protection law in Europe.

Yesterday, ALA submitted a letter to the Conseil d’État (Council of State) in France regarding Google’s appeal of the decision of the Commission Nationale de l’informatique et des libertés (CNIL) implementing a ruling of the European Court of Justice. This decision concerns Google, Inc. and the issue commonly known as the “right to be forgotten” (RTBF). Some of you will recall ... Read More »