Tag Archives: EFF

404 Day: Stopping excessive internet filtration

Every day, libraries across the country are routinely overblocking content far more than is necessary under the law in order to comply with the Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA), the law that requires public libraries and K-12 schools to employ internet filtering software in exchange for certain federal funding. This week, patrons and students will get the chance to call ... 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 »

Civil Liberties Push Moves Forward with National Rally

This summer, the American Library Association took a stand to protect civil liberties by joining Stop Watching Us, a political coalition comprised of more than 100 public advocacy organizations and companies. Next month, the coalition–which includes the Electronic Frontier Foundation, the American Civil Liberties Union, Mozilla, and the National Libertarian Party, among others–will host a rally to protest unconstitutional surveillance. ... Read More »

Wiretap Bill Passes

Today, the Senate passed the re-authorization of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act Amendments Act (FAA), a bill that gives the National Security Agency power to monitor the international phone calls and emails of Americans. The American Library Association asked library supporters to contact their legislators to advocate for amendments that would increase privacy protections to the law. Prior to the ... Read More »