Privacy News and Views, June 11 – 17

Posted by on June 16, 2017 in Choose Privacy Week, News and Updates | 0 comments


Privacy @ ALA Annual 2017 | Choose Privacy Week

The Color of Surveillance: Government Monitoring of American Immigrants |  Georgetown Law Center on Privacy & Technology
A live workshop on June 22, 2017 with available livestream

Libraries and Privacy

Privacy vs. Security:Council debates merits of library video surveillance system | Planet Princeton (NJ)

Woman says librarians know who hit her car but can’t tell her | WSB-TV (GA)

Government Surveillance

Opposing Trump, conservative bloc demands reforms to internet spy law  | Reuters

Senate Considers Potential Changes to ECPA to Ease Access to Electronic Data Across Borders | National Law Review

Company Lost Secret 2014 Fight Over ‘Expansion’ of N.S.A. Surveillance | The New York Times

Hands off my books, TSA. And leave my cookies alone.  | Sacramento Bee

FISA Court Releases 18 Opinions Regarding Section 702 | Lawfare

Consumer Surveillance

Database Marketing and the Tragedy of the Commons  | The Scholarly Kitchen

Consumers Uncomfortable With Smart TV Data Collection: Survey  Multichannel News


Ending The Endless Crypto Debate: Three Things We Should Be Arguing About Instead of Encryption Backdoors  | Lawfare

Biometric Privacy

Former Mariano’s employee sues over fingerprint data | Crain’s Chicago Business

 Essays and Scholarship

Online Privacy and the Invisible Market for Our Data | Penn State Law Review, 2016, Forthcoming via SSRN

We Californians have a right to privacy. But what does it mean in the digital age?  | Sacramento Bee

The Digital Privacy Paradox: Small Money, Small Costs, Small Talk  | National Bureau of Economic Research (fee for download)

This Week in Data Breaches

Credit Card Info Stolen From 12 Restaurants Nationwide  | Beachwood Patch

One million people affected by WSU data breach  | KUOW

Georgia official discounts threat of exposed voter records  | Seattle Times

Privacy News and Views, June 3 – 10

Posted by on June 9, 2017 in News and Updates, Privacy Awareness, Uncategorized | 0 comments


Privacy @ ALA Annual 2017 | Choose Privacy Week

FTC Announces Third PrivacyCon, Calls for Presentations | FTC

Government Surveillance

U.S. Supreme Court to settle major cellphone privacy case | Reuters

Supreme Court Will Decide If Your Mobile Phone Location Data Is Private | Consumer Reports

Privacy in the cellphone age | New York Times (editorial)

Intel agencies want to make the most controversial foreign surveillance rule permanent | TechCrunch

Trump backs permanent snooping powers he once criticized as abusive | Washington Times

Key Vote NO on Sponsor, Cosponsors of S. 1297  FreedomWorks

The actual privacy news from that 702 hearing | IAPP

We Have Good Reasons to Be Concerned About the Impact of Section 702 on the Criminal Justice System  | Just Security

Lawmakers demand more information and privacy protections before reauthorizing FISA snooping powers| Washington Times

NSA Reneges on Promise to Tell Congress How Many Innocent Americans it Spies On |

Trump administration rolls out social media vetting of visa applicants | Ars Technica

Cellphone privacy: Homeland Security chief acknowledges searches of U.S. citizens’ devices | Newsweek

Corporate Surveillance

Digital privacy is making antitrust exciting again | Wired

Why smartphone security is a luxury for those who can afford it | CNN Money

Broadband Privacy

The BROWSER Act: A privacy misstep  | Tech Policy Daily

BROWSER Act Aims to Replace Invalidated FCC Privacy Rules: Balancing Rights of Web Surfers Equally and Responsibly | National Law Review

Students’ & Minors’ Privacy

The datafied child: The dataveillance of children and implications for their rights | New Media and Society

Confessions of a privacy novice: I gave my students’ privacy to Google | Intellectual Freedom Blog

Health and Medical Privacy

Undermining Genetic Privacy? Employee Wellness Programs and the Law |  New England Journal of Medicine

Proposed Law Opens the Door to Genetic Discrimination |  Medscape


Enigma: Why the fight to break Nazi encryption still matters | C|Net

Biometric Privacy

Washington has become the third state to pass biometrics privacy law  | BiometricUpdate.Com

International Privacy

EU E-Communications Draft Law Doesn’t Protect Privacy: European Parliament Study |  Bloomberg BNA

Theresa May says the internet must now be regulated following London Bridge terror attack | The Independent

Theresa May doesn’t rule out regulating the internet like China: ‘Let’s work with the companies’ | The Independent

Callan: We can’t censor our way out of terrorism | CNN

Privacy campaigners are outraged with Theresa May’s ‘draconian’ internet regulation plans |Business Insider

The Guardian view on Theresa May’s plans on terror: they are wrong (Editorial) | The Guardian

Essays and Scholarship

Internet surveillance, regulation, and chilling effects online: a comparative case study | Internet Policy Review

This Week In Data Breaches

GameStop warns customers of potential data breach| WMUR9.c0m

Nearly 600 Delaware child services cards compromised in Kmart data breach |

2,500 Mothers’ and Newborns’ Personal and Health Information Lost in the Mail | Data Privacy + Security Insider

Privacy @ ALA Annual 2017

Posted by on June 9, 2017 in ALA Annual, libraries, Privacy Awareness, Programming | 0 comments

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Privacy is on the agenda at the 2017 ALA Annual Meeting in Chicago.   Here is the current list of privacy-related programming:


Saturday, June 24

7:30 AM – 9:00 AM      Privacy is the Future: The Library’s Role as Educator, Defender and Enforcer

The library has long been at the focal point for defending the rights of its users, a role that’s evolving as society and technology change. A key emerging topic is privacy in a highly-connected world, both within the library and outside.

Join ProQuest’s Director of Information Security and Privacy, Daniel Ayala, for an exploration into the current state and upcoming challenges in privacy and security as we continue to expand our use of technology. In this session, Daniel will discuss: privacy challenges and ramifications for librarians, patrons and society; how to achieve a reasonable, informed balance between security/privacy and the use of real data to make libraries and users more successful researchers; and educate on ways libraries can become a hub of expertise for security and privacy topics for our communities.

Speaker: Daniel Ayala, Proquest
Location: McCormick Place, W196c (This event requires pre-registration and is full.)

11:30 AM – 12:00 PM    Dark Web for All!: Exploring the Implications of the Dark Web for Privacy and Intellectual Freedom

While library professionals are constantly in search of ways to better preserve the privacy and freedom of speech of their patrons, one of the greatest advancements in this area of internet technology has already existed for years. There are many misconceptions about the Dark Web: what it is, the philosophy of this network, the intended audience, and what benefits it can provide to the average user. This presentation dispels some of the myths and misconceptions about the Dark Web, and illustrates how the Dark Web can be a powerful tool for all libraries.

Speaker: Brady Lund, Graduate Student, Library Staff  Emporia State University-Emporia
Location: McCormick Place, W181a

1:00 PM – 2:30 PM    Cyberlaw for Information Professionals

Law often dictates the “ground floor” for both technology and policy. Developers, librarians, and other information professionals need to stay on top of the latest tech and legal policy developments, and understand how they have changed, even over the last 5 years. This interactive session aims to update our colleagues on legal topics such as internet jurisdiction, digital accessibility and intellectual property, DMCA, privacy and government technology

Speaker: Kyle Courtney, Copyright Advisor, Harvard University
Location: McCormick Place, W181c


Sunday, June 25

8:30 AM – 10:00 AM    IFC Privacy Subcommittee Meeting

Business and planning meeting for the Intellectual Freedom Committee’s Privacy Subcommittee; all are welcome to attend and participate.

Location: McCormick Place, W194a

10:30 AM – 11:30 AM    Collecting Library Data: Policies and Data Management Procedures for Improvement

Many academic libraries look to standardize internal data collection to improve data-driven decision making and library advocacy. However, methods for data gathering, storage, and use vary tremendously. Resources from research data management (RDM) services can provide tools and solutions. This program will review current challenges, recommend RDM best practices that can apply, identify where additional policies may be necessary, and highlight larger ethical issues around patron privacy. Implementation experiences for academic institutions will be shared.

Moderator:  Abigail Goben, Ass’t Info. Services Librarian and Ass’t Professor, University of Illinois at Chicago
Speakers: Kristin Briney, Data Services Librarian, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee;  Sara Mannheimer, Data Management Librarian, Montana State University;  Jenica Rogers , Director of Libraries and College Archives, Dorf Endowed Director of Applied Learning, State University of New York at Potsdam

Location: McCormick Place, W185d


Monday, June 26

10:30 AM – 11:30 AM  Practical Privacy for the Library: An Intellectual Freedom Issues Briefing

Efforts to roll back privacy laws and regulations and the unchecked collection and use of individuals’ online data are challenging libraries’ ability to protect their patrons’ privacy. Learn about the tools and tactics you and your library can employ to implement practical and cost-effective tactics for protecting your users’ online privacy. This fast-paced presentation will identify the most pressing privacy issues in libraries and provide practical solutions to those issues that will help secure your patrons’ data and shield them from unwanted surveillance. Topics to be addressed include configuring and managing the integrated library system; using encryption to secure the privacy of data and communications, including instruction on how to install free HTTPS certificates on library websites using Let’s Encrypt; and providing anonymous web browsing using TOR and other tools.

Speakers: Michael Robinson, Chair of the ALA’s Intellectual Freedom Privacy Subcommittee and Head of Systems at the Consortium Library at the University of Alaska Anchorage; Galen Charlton, infrastructure manager at the Equinox Open Library Initiative and a developer for the Evergreen and Koha open source ILS projects; Bill Marden New York Public Library Director of Data Privacy and Compliance.

Location: McCormick Place, W178a

10:30 AM – 11:30 AM  The Data Privacy Project – Everything You Thought You Knew (But May Have Had Wrong) About Privacy

Join us for this interactive session where you’ll test your privacy knowledge and imagine yourself as one of your patrons, navigating their privacy worries and considering the proactive steps that they can take. You’ll learn more about the history, partners, and outputs of the Data Privacy Project, an IMLS-funded project resulting in training hundreds of librarians across the New York metropolitan area and creating curriculum for library staff everywhere. We’ll also look at a few future privacy projects coming out of the Data Privacy Project.

Location: McCormick Place, W190a