Choose Privacy Week 2016: Respecting and Defending Student Privacy

By Michael Robinson Chair, ALA-IFC Privacy Subcommittee (Note: This is the first post in a week-long online forum discussing how librarians, educators, and society can respect and defend students’ and minors’ privacy. Stop by each day to read each contributor’s article and check out our page of resources on student and minors’ privacy.) Last year when writing about Choose Privacy Week I said that it feels like online...

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Choose Privacy Week 2016 Demands Respect for Minors’ Privacy

(What will your library do for Choose Privacy Week?  Check out our resources and  programming ideas for Choose Privacy Week and let us know what you’re doing at oif@ala.org.) Choose Privacy Week, the American  Library Association’s annual event that promotes the importance of individual privacy rights and celebrates libraries and librarians’ special role in protecting privacy in the library and in society as a whole will...

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Raising Privacy Awareness in Your Library: A Planning and Programming Webinar for Choose Privacy Week 2016

Is your library preparing to observe Choose Privacy Week 2016? Join the ALA’s IFC Privacy Subcommittee and the Office for Intellectual Freedom for a free webinar that will offer solid guidance on developing privacy programming that will educate and engage your library users and provide an update on current privacy issues confronting libraries today. The webinar will take place on Thursday, March 24, 2016 at 12 Noon Eastern/11:00 a.m....

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Almost, but not too late to tell @SpeakerRyan to #StopCISA

by Adam Eisgrau Managing Director, ALA Office of Government Relations Cross-posted from District Dispatch Loyal District Dispatch readers know that, literally for years, ALA and a strong coalition of groups and companies from across the political spectrum have been fighting privacy-unfriendly “cybersecurity,” aka “information” sharing, legislation most recently unveiled as the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act (S. 754). CISA was...

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House hearing held on stopping warrantless searches in the cloud

by Mack Freeman (Crossposted from the Intellectual Freedom Blog) This week, the House Judiciary Committee held a hearing on reforming the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA). The ECPA is a federal law that controls how the government can access private communication records that are being stored by an online service provider (i.e. in the cloud). The reason for this hearing is that there is a bill currently pending that would change the...

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