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What’s next for surveillance reform?

Library advocates can expect 2014 to be a year full of privacy and surveillance issues. The potential for reform of our country’s surveillance laws and programs is serious business and will take dedicated association and grassroots resources to contribute to

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Posted in Cybersecurity, Government Information, Library Advocacy, OGR

Fighting for privacy: My time at the anti-NSA rally

Last week, ALA Press Officer Jazzy Wright marched in the Stop Watching Us privacy rally, which many say was the largest protest to date against NSA monitoring. Author Margaret Mead once said “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful,

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Posted in Legislation, Library Advocacy, OGR

New Freedom Act could reform PATRIOT Act

Today, Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and Representative Jim Sensenbrenner (R-WI) introduced the USA FREEDOM Act, a bill that would place restrictions on bulk phone and internet government surveillance, and permit companies to make public the number of FISA orders and

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Posted in Legislation, Library Advocacy, OGR

Campaign for Reader Privacy Renews Call to Amend Patriot Act

Today, organizations representing booksellers, librarians, publishers, and authors called on Congress to pass legislation to restore privacy protections for bookstore and library records that were stripped by the Patriot Act as a first step toward reining in what the group

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Posted in Government Information, Intellectual Freedom, Legislation, OGR

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