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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Congress Prepares to Vote on CISA, the Flawed Cybersecurity Bill

By Adam Eisgrau Director, ALA Office of Government Relations Cross-posted from District Dispatch It’s baaaaa-aaaack! S. 754, the often and aptly tagged “zombie” Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act of 2015 (CISA) reemerged this month in the Senate in new and, to be fair, somewhat improved guise. Massive opposition by a broad coalition of companies and civil society groups, including ALA, kept an even worse version from a vote this summer....

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Watching What Students Read in the School Library

by Helen Adams, Member, and Michael Robinson, Chair IFC Privacy Subcommittee The Collier School District in Florida now allows parents and guardians to see the titles of books their children (and wards) check out from the district’s school libraries.    Colllier County’s “Parent Portal” is being offered as a means of heading off book challenges in the district, with the thought that parents themselves can police the books...

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Bolt the “Back Door” on Federal Surveillance

crossposted from the ALA Washington Office The FBI and its powerful backers in Congress have been pushing relentlessly for years for access to all of our electronic communications, even the ones we think we’ve protected. They want to require by law that any encryption technology and software we might use to protect our privacy be deliberately built to give all of law enforcement easy access to your otherwise secure phone calls, email, texts...

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