Choose Privacy Week 2012: Why We Should Care About Privacy

Doug Archer, chair of the Privacy Subcommittee of ALA’s Intellectual Freedom Committee (ALA-IFC), closes our Choose Privacy Week observance with a thoughtful reflection on why individuals should care about privacy: Why We Should Care About Privacy by J. Douglas Archer, Reference and Peace Studies Librarian, University of Notre Dame, and chair of the ALA-IFC Privacy Subcommittee It never ceases to amaze me when people ask “Why do you care...

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New Choose Privacy Week Documentary: “Vanishing Liberties”

The Office for Intellectual Freedom is excited to debut a new short documentary, “Vanishing Liberties: The Rise of State Surveillance in the Digital Age,“ in observance of Choose Privacy Week 2012. The documentary examines the government’s growing use of surveillance tools to track and spy on immigrant communities and the proposals to adopt these same tools to monitor and track the activities of all Americans.  The featured speakers ask...

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CPW 2012: The Perils of Social Reading

By Neil Richards Professor of Law Washington University School of Law Sharing, we are told, is cool. At the urging of Facebook and Netflix, the House of Representatives recently passed a bill to “update” an obscure 1988 law known as the Video Privacy Protection Act (“VPPA”). Facebook and Netflix wanted to modernize this law from the VHS era, because its protection of video store records stood in the way of sharing movie recommendations...

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CPW2012: “Libraries may be our society’s best bet in resisting gov’t intrusions into privacy.”

by George Christian Guest Blogger Six years ago, three of my board members and I had the relief of having a perpetual gag order lifted in Federal Court. Our organization, a consortium of 27 libraries, had been served with a National Security Letter seeking library records. National Security Letters are subpoena-like instruments modified in 2001 by the USA PATRIOT Act to allow the FBI to issue them without judicial review (no need to establish...

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Choose Privacy Week 2012: The Privacy Expert You Need to Meet – Your Local Librarian

I am honored to be the first blogger in a series of posts celebrating ALA’s Choose Privacy Week. Thanks to funding from the Open Society Foundations, this is our third year and we are so pleased to share with you our campaign’s growth. Get to know www.privacyrevolution.org! There you can view the very latest news on how YOU can get involved as a library privacy expert. Soon you can view our newest video on immigrants and privacy rights. Your...

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