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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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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ALA’s Office for Intellectual Freedom announces sponsorship of Let’s Encrypt initiative

Crossposted from the OIF Blog Today, the American Library Association’s Office for Intellectual Freedom announced its sponsorship of “Let’s Encrypt,” a free, automated, and open certificate authority. “Let’s Encrypt” is a service provided by the Internet Security Research Group (ISRG) and is run for the public’s benefit. It will allow anyone who owns a domain name – including libraries – to...

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FTRF and ALA join amicus brief asserting readers’ First Amendment right to be free of NSA’s online surveillance

Crossposted from the Office for Intellectual Freedom’s Blog The Freedom to Read Foundation (FTRF) and American Library Association (ALA) on Thursday joined with booksellers, international, and research librarians to file an amicus brief defending their ability – and the ability of similar organizations – to challenge on behalf of their users government actions that burden readers’ First Amendment rights. The amicus brief was...

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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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