Tag Archives: ACLU

NSA oversight group receives American Library Association award

Today, the American Library Association awarded President Barack Obama’s Review Group on Intelligence and Communications Technologies the 2014 James Madison Award during the 16th Annual Freedom of Information Day in Washington, D.C. The Presidential Review Group received the award for calling for dozens of urgent and practical reforms to the National Security Agency’s unlawful surveillance programs. Calling on the government ... Read More »

What does a New Year bring to our privacy and surveillance?

The article below is the first in a two-part series about surveillance. Thinking about resolutions or intentions for 2014 On this last day of 2013, like most of us, I’ve been thinking about new opportunities and challenges for American Library Association (ALA) work in 2014. There are all the usual important issues the library community must face: library funding at ... Read More »

NSA surveillance examined by all 3 branches

Reforms to the National Security Agency’s massive unconstitutional surveillance program may soon be underway. For the first time ever, the surveillance reform debate can be enjoined in all branches of government. “The District Court ruling is the first time that a court or government agency has questioned the constitutionality of the surveillance program since news of the NSA phone collecting ... Read More »

Day of Action to Demand ECPA Reform

Today, the American Library Association is joining a nationwide day of action calling for reform of the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA), the law that says the government can access your email and documents in the cloud without a warrant. ECPA is one of the Internet’s most outdated laws — it was enacted in 1986, before most people had access ... Read More »

Keep the Freedom Act momentum going

Library supporters: Tell Congress to support the USA Freedom Act. Ask your U.S. representative and senators to cosponsor this important legislation. In a joint letter (pdf) to Congress, the American Library Association joined national civil liberties groups, trade associations and companies in supporting the USA Freedom Act, a bill that would bring more transparency and oversight to government surveillance programs. ... Read More »