New Privacy Guidelines Encourage Libraries and Vendors to Work Together to Protect Reader Privacy

By Michael Robinson Chair, IFC Privacy Subcommittee Head of Systems at the Consortium Library University of Alaska – Anchorage Libraries have a tradition of protecting the privacy of readers as the cornerstone of intellectual freedom. We recognize that freedom of thought and expression begins with freedom of inquiry, the ability to read and explore ideas without the chilling effect of government surveillance or societal disapproval. We clearly...

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Urgent: Help Rebury “Zombie” Cybersecurity Bill

by Adam Eisgrau, ALA Washington Office Crossposted from District Dispatch It’s back to the “barricades” for librarians and our many civil liberties coalition allies. Just over a year ago, District Dispatch sounded the alarm about the return of privacy-hostile “cybersecurity” or AccessNow.org“information sharing” legislation. Again dubbed a “zombie” for its ability to rise from the legislative dead, the current version of the...

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Privacy @ ALA Annual 2015 in San Francisco

Privacy is on the agenda at the 2015 ALA Annual Meeting in San Francisco June 26 – June 30, 2015. Some highlights: RUSA President’s Program speaker danah boyd will discuss her research on youth culture, the “big data” phenomenon, and the role of libraries and librarians in a data-soaked world on Saturday, June 27, at 4:00 p.m. in the Moscone Convention Center West,  Room 3014-16. Privacy law scholar Neil Richards and...

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Time for Action: Ending “bulk collection” of library records on the line in looming Senate vote

by Adam Eisgrau, ALA Washington Office May 14, 2015 Crossposted from District Dispatch Last night the House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly, 338 to 88, for passage of the latest version of the USA FREEDOM Act, H.R. 2048. The bill — and the battle to achieve the first meaningful reform of the USA PATRIOT Act since it was enacted 14 years ago — now shifts to the Senate. There, the outcome may well turn on the willingness of individual...

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Choose Privacy Week 2015: Creating a Digital Privacy Literacy Game to Create Safe and Secure Online Personas

Choose Privacy Week 2015: Creating a Digital Privacy Literacy Game to Create Safe and Secure Online Personas

by Erin Berman and Jon Worona Ready player one? Click “Start” to begin your quest. You will venture deep into the realm of online privacy where you’ll have to navigate through an ever shifting landscape, into pools of murky policies, and across tangled webs of surveillance networks. As you begin your journey you are filled with trepidation, anxiety, and fear. You think, “How can anyone live in peace and harmony here?” So much is...

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