Libraries and the Fight for Privacy | Cor Lehane, Huffington Post
Lawmakers Tie FISA Data Disclosures to Section 702 Reauthorization | The District Sentinel
Warrantless surveillance can continue even if law expires, officials say | The New York Times
Your Geolocation Data Is Already For Sale | International Business Times
How identity data is turning toxic for big companies | The Conversation
Libraries and Privacy
Students’ and Minors’ Privacy
Dummy Christmas CCTV camera for kids is a real lump of coal | IAPP Privacy Perspectives
No boundaries: Exfiltration of personal data by session-replay scripts | Freedom to Tinker
Law and Regulation
Following Uber Breach, Senators Introduce Data Breach Notification Act | Digital Guardian
Transatlantic Data Privacy | Social Science Research Network
This Week in Data Breaches
Nearly 20,000 patients compromised by Henry Ford hospital data breach | Detroit Free Press
Former employee reportedly steals mental health data on 28,434 Bexar County patients | San Antonio Express News
City Utilities discloses possible data breach | Fox5 Ozarks (Missouri)
Five Denton County schools impacted by state agency data breach | Denton Record-Chronicle
Brooklyn, Queens, and New York Public Libraries Launch a New Digital Privacy Initiative | Choose Privacy Week
ALA joins the ACLU and 35 other nonprofit and civil society groups to sign a letter urging Congress to reject the “FISA Amendments Reauthorization Act of 2017,” which would expand Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, and other surveillance authorities.
Featured: Carpenter v. United States
This week the Supreme Court heard oral argument in Carpenter v. United States, a criminal case testing the scope of the Fourth Amendment’s right to privacy in the digital age. At issue is a precedent decided long before the Internet, smartphones, GPS, and other electronic communications devices became an inescapable part of our daily lives: in Smith v. Maryland, the Supreme Court held that a person had no reasonable expectation of privacy in information voluntarily shared with a third party, and thus the police had no need of a probable cause warrant to obtain phone numbers and other metadata associated with phone calls. It is anticipated that the Supreme Court will revisit that precedent when deciding Carpenter, and perhaps put the brakes on law enforcement’s ability to access without a warrant to a wide range and volume of citizens’ personal information that includes cellphone location data. Here is a round-up of the news coverage:
- Justices Seem Ready to Boost Protection of Digital Privacy | New York Times
- Big Brother looms as U.S. top court tackles cellphone dispute | Reuters
- Can You Track Me Now? | Slate
- Your Secrets Are Not Safe With Anyone | Reason
- A Liberal-Conservative Alliance on the Supreme Court Against Digital Surveillance | The Atlantic
- The Supreme Court’s justices want to enhance privacy protections for a digital age | The Economist
- Why The Supreme Court Should Say Privacy Rights Include People’s Data | The Federalist
- At stake at US Supreme Court: privacy in the digital age | Christian Science Monitor
- A Privacy Case Before the Supreme Court Is About Press Freedom, Too | ACLU
- The Supreme Court’s privacy precedent is outdated | The Washington Post
- Should Law Enforcement Need a Warrant to Track Your Cell Phone? | Scientific American
- How a Radio Shack Robbery Could Spur a New Era in Digital Privacy | The New York Times
Lawsuit aims to uncover how government surveils journalists | Columbia Journalism Review
Facebook’s AI Scan Of Your Posts For Suicide Prevention Can’t Be Disabled | International Business Times
Students’ and Minors’ Privacy
Student Privacy and Ed Tech | Federal Trade Commission
Amid attacks, teachers weigh their safety against student privacy | Pew Charitable Trust Stateline
What You’re Giving Away With Those Home DNA Tests | NBC News 41
Chuck Schumer Takes Aim At 23andMe And Other Home DNA Testing Services | Newburgh Gazette
Law and Regulation
Human subjects, third parties, and the law | Inside Higher Education
This Week in Data Breaches
Hackers stole the personal data of 57 million Uber passengers and drivers | Los Angeles Times
Oxford and Cambridge Club hit by data thieves | The Telegraph
UPMC Susquehanna notifies patients of data breach | The Daily Item
NC DHHS issues warning about data breach affecting thousands | CBS News North Carolina
Imgur Discloses Breach Affecting Email and Passwords of 1.7 Million Users | Data Privacy + Security
by William Marden
Chair, ALA-IFC Privacy Subcommittee
The New York Public Library, Brooklyn Public Library, and Queens Library are teaming up with the Metropolitan New York Library Council to bring digital privacy and data-security information to New York City’s 8.5 million residents.
With support from the NYC Mayor’s Office, the project will train the city’s front-line librarians to be able to answer questions about internet privacy and data security, ensuring that NYC residents can rely on public libraries for trusted and current information in this increasingly-important area.
“New Yorkers need resources to protect themselves as they access the Internet,” said Miguel Gamiño, Jr., NYC’s Chief Technology Officer, whose agency is providing financial support. “This initiative is a critical component of the City’s mission to safeguard privacy and security as we continue to expand internet access to all New Yorkers,” he added.
NYC Digital Safety: Privacy & Security, will employ both online-learning modules and in-person workshops to train more than 1,000 library staff members throughout the city’s three main library systems. The specialized training is scheduled to be rolled out in the spring and summer 2018. An advisory committee with representatives from the NYPL, Brooklyn and Queens library systems is building on curricula already created through the Data Privacy Project. The committee will further leverage resources previously developed by the Mozilla Foundation, Data & Society, the New America Foundation, the Library Freedom Project. Tactical Tech, and others.
Plans are also in the works to make the final curricula, toolkits, and facilitation guides available at the conclusion of the project for use by a broader community of librarians, educators, and technologists.
The senior leaders of all three library systems have already weighed in with their unanimous support. “Threats to digital privacy are rampant,” said Brooklyn Public Library President and CEO Linda E. Johnson. “It is essential our librarians have the tools and knowledge to help our patrons use computers and other devices safely.”
“Libraries are universally trusted resources that provide a safe harbor during difficult times,” said Tony Marx, President of NYPL, who praised the project’s goal of ensuring that “all New Yorkers have the knowledge they need to confidently navigate the World Wide Web safely and securely.”
Queens Library President and CEO Dennis M. Walcott noted, “This initiative will help library staff deliver a higher level of service by showing our customers how to stay safe online,” further citing “the power of libraries to promote digital literacy to anyone who seeks it.”
At the New York Metropolitan Library Council (METRO), which is providing administrative support for this effort, director Nate Hill commented, “As recent events have shown, privacy and security online are incredibly important issues. We know libraries are incredibly well positioned to act as a resource to help the public protect their data.”
Bill Marden became NYPL’s first Director of Data Privacy and Compliance in November 2015. He comes to NYPL with almost 20 years of policy, regulatory, and compliance experience at some of the world’s leading financial institutions including Citigroup, JPMorgan Chase, and UBS. Previous to his time in the financial world, Bill was a librarian in both the public and private sectors, including six years as books and manuscripts curator for the Frederick R. Koch Foundation, now housed at Yale’s Beinecke Library. He also interned at the Pierpont Morgan Library while studying for his MLS, which he received from Columbia University in 1988.
He is the author of two award-winning books about New York City bookstores, and is also a contributor to “Protecting Patron Privacy in the 21st-century Library,” published by Rowman & Littlefield.