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Category: Privacy & Surveillance

ALA writes to French council on information access

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…

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Library heroes reunite to defeat FBI surveillance

For library professionals, civil rights advocates and Americans everywhere, the members of the “Connecticut Four” epitomize the word “hero.” Twelve years ago, Peter Chase, Barbara Bailey, Jan Nocek and George Christian fearlessly faced down the FBI by refusing to comply with a National Security Letter (NSL) demanding that they divulge…

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Finding the “big picture” on big data at the 2016 ALA Annual Conference

Every day, technology is making it possible to collect and analyze ever more data about students’ performance and behavior, including their use of library resources. The use of “big data” in the educational environment, however, raises thorny questions and deep concerns about individual privacy and data security. California responded to…

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Judiciary Committee Senators face historic “E-Privacy” protection vote

More good news could be in the offing for reform of ECPA, the Electronic Communications Privacy Act. Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Charles Grassley (R-IA) recently (and pleasantly) surprised reform proponents by calendaring a Committee vote on the issue now likely to take place this coming Thursday morning, May 26th.  The…

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ECPA reform unanimously clears House; Senate fate uncertain

Way back in early December of last year District Dispatch reported that the Email Privacy Act (H.R. 699), legislation to plug an enormous hole in Americas’ constitutional privacy rights by rewriting the 1986 Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA), had finally got a hearing in the House Judiciary Committee. “Strong further…

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