Privacy & Surveillance

Almost, but not too, late to tell @SpeakerRyan to #StopCISA

Loyal District Dispatch readers know that, literally for years, ALA and a strong coalition of groups and companies from across the political spectrum have been fighting privacy-unfriendly “cybersecurity,” aka “information” sharing, legislation most recently unveiled as the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act (S. 754). CISA was meant merely to incentivize companies like internet service providers to share hints of “cyber-threats” with ... Read More »

E-records privacy protection finally “warrants” Hill hearing

picture of sparks flying depicting the fireworks between those arguing over a privacy bill

Sparks flew this week at the House Judiciary Committee’s long-delayed and much pushed-for hearing on legislation to reform the Electronic Communications Privacy Act as proponents of the Email Privacy Act (H.R. 699) at the witness table and on the Judiciary Committee vigorously rebutted arguments by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), FBI and a group of U.S. prosecutors seeking to ... Read More »

Where does the U.S. stand on “right to be forgotten” policy?

Image of people on their laptops in a coffeehouse.

Whether we follow the EU’s lead will be debated at ALA 2016 Midwinter session In the European Union, a user has the right to have links to certain personal information removed from the results of web searches involving his or her name. This “right to be forgotten”(RTBF) has stimulated robust debate about the appropriateness of such a regime in other ... Read More »

Senate passes CISA; negotiations with House next

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Yesterday, after years of contention and literally millions of grassroots messages opposing it, the US Senate passed CISA, the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act (S. 754), by a vote of 74 – 21.  The senate action comes despite broad public and private sector opposition for many reasons detailed in District Dispatch. As the NY Times reported, the move comes notwithstanding the ... Read More »

Vote on CISA, flawed cybersecurity bill, imminent

Text reads Stop CISA, displays an eye on a laptop screen

It’s baaaaa-aaaack! S. 754, the often and aptly tagged “zombie” Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act of 2015 (CISA) reemerged this month in the Senate in new and, to be fair, somewhat improved guise. Massive opposition by a broad coalition of companies and civil society groups, including ALA, kept an even worse version from a vote this summer. But make no mistake; ... Read More »