Privacy & Surveillance

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?

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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 »

ECPA overhaul way “Oprah”-due

Remember when a new talk show called “Oprah” debuted, a fourth TV network called “Fox” started broadcasting, and every other headline was about the return of Halley’s Comet?  No?  Don’t feel badly; 1986 was so long ago that nobody else does either.  That’s also how long it’s been since Congress passed the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA): the principal law ... Read More »