It’s now or (almost) never for real NSA reform; contacting Congress today critical!

Courtesy of the ALA Washington Office’s District Dispatch blog: It was mid-summer when Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT), the outgoing Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, answered the House of Representative’s passage of an unacceptably weak version of the USA FREEDOM Act by introducing S. 2685, a strong, bipartisan bill of his own. Well, it’s taken until beyond Veterans Day, strong lobbying by civil liberties groups and tech...

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Choose Privacy Week 2014: Kids Deserve Privacy Too!

by Heather Acerro Head of Youth Services, Rochester Public Library, MN It is so basic that it doesn’t seem worth talking about, but kids deserve privacy too. Your library has a privacy policy in place, which is compliant with all applicable laws, and I am sure that you follow it. You don’t go around telling your neighbors what the kids across the street are checking out. You don’t give out addresses and phone numbers of your storytime...

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Choose Privacy Week 2014: Privacy All Year Long with the New ALA Privacy Tool Kit

By Helen Adams and Ann Crewdson Co-Chairs, ALA-IFC Privacy Subcommittee After a two year effort, the 2014 ALA Privacy Tool Kit is now available online in time to celebrate Choose Privacy Week.  The Tool Kit gives librarians immediate any time/anywhere access to information on our core values of privacy and confidentiality.  The revision was completed by the ALA Privacy Subcommittee, consisting of Carolyn Caywood, Barbara Fiehl, Kent Oliver,...

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Choose Privacy Week 2014

Choose Privacy Week, May 1 – 7, 2014, will feature conversations about protecting privacy rights all year long, both inside and outside the library. “Librarians are staunch defenders of library users’ privacy, even as new technologies and a growing use of social media and online tools have altered the privacy landscape,” said Barbara Jones, director of the Office for Intellectual Freedom. “Acquiring the tools and...

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“60 Minutes” Segment Discusses How Our Personal Online Data is Tracked, Bought and Sold

The March 9, 2014 broadcast of “60 Minutes” provides a good basic introduction to the activities of data brokers - how online personal data is tracked, bought, and sold without users’ knowledge: Additional online-only content at the “60 Minutes” website  provides more details about data brokers’ surveillance of online activity and how individuals can protect their personal privacy...

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