Tag Archives: Patriot Act

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 reform efforts. As noted in the first part of our blog series on surveillance, one of the considerations for the ... Read More »

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, committed, citizens can change the world.” That was the feeling I carried with me on October 26, 2013, when I ... Read More »

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 National Security Letters received. This bicameral piece of legislation would rewrite section 215 of the Patriot Act–also called the “library ... Read More »

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 calls “runaway surveillance programs.” Read the full statement released today by the Campaign for Reader Privacy, a joint initiative of ... Read More »