Tag Archives: USA PATRIOT Act

EFF chief to keynote Washington Update session at Annual Conference

Cindy Cohn, Legal Director and General Counsel for the EFF. Photographed by Erich Valo.

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. EFF Executive Director Cindy Cohn will discuss that proud shared history and the uncertain future of personal privacy during this ... Read More »

Supporting the USA FREEDOM Act of 2015: ALA’s perspective

Rollercoaster at sunset

Anyone who’s followed legislative efforts over the past ten plus years to restore a fraction of the civil liberties lost by Americans to the USA PATRIOT Act and other surveillance laws will understand the photo accompanying this post. With the revelations of the last several years in particular, first by the New York Times and then Edward Snowden, many believed ... Read More »

U.S. House poised to pass real reforms to USA PATRIOT Act

[FBI, child, library bookdrop]

Section 215 of the USA PATRIOT Act became, and remains, known as the “library provision” of that law because of intense and ongoing librarian opposition to the sweeping power it grants the government to compel libraries, without a probable cause-based search warrant, to divulge personal patron reading and internet usage records, and to the “gag orders” associated with Section 215 ... Read More »