Privacy & Surveillance

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 »

Massive advocacy surge forestalls cybersecurity showdown

Foot kicking a can

Congratulations! You, and more than 6 million other fax-firing outraged citizens, helped convince the Senate on its last day of pre-recess debate not to take up S. 754, the privacy-hostile Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act (CISA). . . at least until Congress returns after Labor Day. While modified by its principal authors, Intelligence Committee Chair Richard Burr (R-NC) and Ranking Democrat ... Read More »

Urgent: Help rebury “zombie” cybersecurity bill

Zombie hand breaking through dirt

It’s back to the “barricades” for librarians and our many civil liberties coalition allies. Just over a year ago, District Dispatch sounded the alarm about the return of privacy-hostile “cybersecurity” or “information sharing” legislation. Again dubbed a “zombie” for its ability to rise from the legislative dead, the current version of the bill (S. 754) goes by the innocuous name ... Read More »

ALA secures activism leaders for Washington Update session

Golden gate bridge and Fort Point in San Francisco. Photo by Jon Sullivan.

For decades, the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) and the American Library Association (ALA) have stood shoulder to shoulder on the front lines of the fight for privacy online, at the library and in many other spheres of our daily lives. Standing in for EFF Executive Director Cindy Cohn, the award-winning group’s Activism Director, Rainey Reitman, will discuss that proud shared ... Read More »

Senate leaders rush end-run on personal privacy

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Apparently Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Richard Burr (R-NC) learned nothing from the overwhelming outpouring of opposition to the worst of the USA PATRIOT Act earlier this month. They’re using the Senate Rules to try to ram through – as early as tomorrow – privacy-hostile legislation that’s received no public hearing or Senate floor ... Read More »