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Privacy News and Views May 20-26

Posted by on May 26, 2017 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Featured: Protecting Patron Privacy: A LITA Guide



Great new publication offers practical privacy guidance for libraries of all kinds and features chapters on privacy in libraries, privacy law and regulation, data collection, retention, use, and protection, privacy instruction for patrons and staff, and protecting privacy while using social networks, RFID, and other technologies.





Broadband Privacy

Republican-Backed Privacy Bill to Protect Restrictions on Sharing Browser History  | Advertising Age
Telco-Backed Politician Wants to Restore Privacy Rules She Helped Kill   | Wired
New GOP bill may revive internet privacy fight  | The Hill
Google and Facebook lobbyists try to stop new online privacy protections  | Ars Technica
So-Called Privacy Bill Would Actually Innoculate ISPs Against Strong Privacy Protections | ACLU Blog
Rep. Blackburn Defends Broadband Privacy Bill   | Broadcasting and Cable

Government Surveillance

Federal Court Revives Wikimedia’s Challenge to N.S.A. Surveillance  | New York Times
Victory! Court Allows Wikimedia’s Challenge to NSA Surveillance to Go Forward | ACLU Blog
Inside Google’s Fight To Keep The US Government Out Of Gmail Inboxes  | Forbes
House committee looks into cities’ facial recognition tech  |
Who Are the Shadow Brokers?   | The Atlantic
A clever new way to protect your data at the border could also add risk | Wired
Appeals Court Will Not Reinstate Trump’s Revised Travel Ban | The New York Times

Corporate Surveillance

Google now knows when its users go to the store and buy stuff  | Washington Post
Sen. Warner Calls on FTC to Protect Children’s Data Security with Internet-Connected “Smart Toys”  | Sen. Mark Warner takes DNA ownership rights from customers and their relatives  | Think Progress
Curious About Your Genes? Companies Standing To Profit Are Too!  | Bloomberg BNA Privacy and Security Blog


Ministers to enforce new powers to compel tech giants to hand over encrypted data  | The Sun
Terror posts, encryption targeted by U.K. following attack  | Denver Post
UK Tories say they’ll exploit Manchester’s dead to ban working crypto in the UK  | BoingBoing


About Face: DMV Lets Cops Search Database of Driver’s License Photos  | Seven Days

Student Data Privacy

How Google took over the classroom | New York Times

Right to Be Forgotten

Data expungement: An argument for a limited right to be forgotten | IAPP

International/General Data Protection Regulation

Opinion: Europe’s Strict New Privacy Rules Are Scary but Right  | Advertising Age


Protect Researcher Privacy in the Surveillance Era  | CNI Spring 2017 Project Briefings

Privacy News and Views May 13-19

Posted by on May 19, 2017 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Student Data Privacy

Protecting Privacy in a Postsecondary Student Data System | New America

Big data in education: Balancing research needs and student privacy | Report from the National Academy of Education

New Congressional push for student outcomes data | Politico

Government Surveillance

Feds use anti-terror tool to hunt the undocumented | Detroit News

Corporate Surveillance

The True Costs of Selling Out Our Privacy   | InfoSecurity Magazine

Twitter rolls out new privacy tools as it ditches Do Not Track and expands data sharing | PCWorld

If you have a Twitter account, change these privacy settings now | C|Net

Broadband Privacy

FCC’s O’Rielly Hopes To Block State Privacy Laws | MediaPost Policy Blog
GOP lawmaker who helped kill ISP privacy rules proposes new privacy rules | Ars Technica

Bill requires opt-in consent, but prohibits states from imposing stricter rules

Maine Democrat Proposes Internet Privacy Regulations | U.S. News and World Report

Broadband Privacy Bill Unveiled In New Jersey | MediaPost Policy Blog

Encryption/Privacy Self-Defense

Senate Staffers Can Now Use Encryption App Signal  | NextGov

“Right to be Forgotten”

Three years of striking the right (to be forgotten) balance  | Google: The Keyword


Washington state passes bill to prevent sale of biometric data without consent | Geekwire


Privacy Scholarship Reporter – Algorithms: Privacy Risk and Accountability | Future of Privacy Forum

Privacy News and Views May 6 – 12

Posted by on May 12, 2017 in News and Updates | 0 comments

Feature:  Privacy as Digital Divide

How Privacy Became a Commodity for the Rich and Powerful   | New York Times Magazine
Privacy, Poverty and Big Data: A Matrix of Vulnerabilities for Poor Americans | Washington Law Review


The Library Freedom Project is conducting an online survey to assess library privacy practices and policies and is asking librarians to complete it to provide some insight into this landscape:   The survey will be open for two months and LFP will share the share anonymized results on its website and on Twitter at the close of the survey.

Libraries and Privacy

Surveillance in the school library | Intellectual Freedom Blog
Taking the Fight for Digital Rights to Our Libraries| New America Weekly
Iowa City library’s bathroom cameras removed to comply with new state law | The Gazette
Libraries strive to protect your privacy | Omaha World Herald

Corporate Surveillance

‘Echo Is Not Spying On You,’ Amazon Lawyer Declares | National Law Journal
Trump campaign changes web privacy policy after questions from CBS News | CBS News

Government Surveillance

Fight brews over push to shield Americans in warrantless surveillance | New York Times
How to prevent your data from being searched at the U.S. border | PC World
NYC’s New Tech to Track Every Homeless Person in the City | Wired
How Trump’s N.S.A. Came to End a Disputed Type of Surveillance| New York Times

Encryption / Anonymity

You Cannot Encrypt Your Face  | The Atlantic
I Side With the ‘Bad Guys’ on Encryption  | Bloomberg View
Tor Presents Compelling Privacy Puzzle | National Law Review

Privacy Self-Defense

Flying to Europe? You Might Want to Encrypt Your Laptop First | Consumer Reports
Preparing for the Inevitable Ban on In-Cabin Laptops | Travel Insider

Privacy Law and Regulation

General Data Protection Regulation – Is it important for a Library or Archive? |Research Libraries UK
Dear Europe: Please Don’t Kill Free Speech In The Name Of ‘Privacy Protection’  | TechDirt
Google exec says ‘right to be forgotten’ needs to be narrow| Law360
Vendors approve of NIST password draft |CSO Online
Standards group recommends removing periodic password change requirements

Broadband Privacy

Illinois Senate Approves Legislation to Protect Personal Information Collected Online|Government Technology Magazine
Nevada Senate leader proposes internet privacy regulations |The Virginian-Pilot


Protect Researcher Privacy in the Surveillance Era |  CNI Spring 2017 Project Briefings
From Theory to Practice: Leading the Way with Learning Data Principles | CNI Spring 2017 Project Briefings
A Twenty-First Century Framework for Digital Privacy: Balancing Privacy and Secrity in the Digital Age | National Constitutional Center

Watch the recorded event: Digital Privacy in the 21st Century
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Introduction: A Twenty-First Century Framework for Digital Privacy  Jeffrey Rosen
Whose Law Governs in a Borderless World? Jennifer Daskal
Administering the Fourth Amendment in the Digital Age  Jim Harper
Digital Divergence  David S. Kris
Secret Government Searches and Digital Civil Liberties  Neil Richards
Policing and The Cloud Christopher Slobogin