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Freedom from Surveillance

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Yesterday marked the beginning of Choose Privacy Week, a national public awareness campaign, sponsored by the American Library Association’s Office for Intellectual Freedom, that seeks to educate the public on how to protect their privacy and understand their rights. Today’s digital age offers access to a wealth of information and numerous platforms for communication, but some new tools and technologies make tracking the activities of individuals easier than ever. Some members of Congress want to use these tools and technologies, like Facebook and Google, to monitor online activity. The Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA), passed in the House of Representatives on April 26, is a bill that aims to investigate cyber threats against the United States. The act would allow “elements of the intelligence community to share cyber threat intelligence with private-sector entities and utilities and to encourage the sharing of such intelligence.” What is considered a cyber threat is up for debate. A recent case involving the Twitter comments of British tourists is a good example of potential problems.

In this video, Michael German, senior policy counsel for national security and privacy for the ACLU’s Washington Legislative Office, talks about the government’s utilization of data mining for surveillance purposes.

Please visit Privacy Revolution to learn more about what you can do to protect your privacy.

The Kalamazoo Public Library is committed to protecting your privacy. The library does not release or disclose your personal information or library records without your written consent, or a court order. Please refer to the library's policy on the disclosure of registration and circulation records for more detailed information. As always, you may contact a librarian to learn more about this issue.

Why is privacy important to you? Who do you trust with your information?


American Library Association’s Office for Intellectual Freedom

Posted by Angela Fortin at 05/02/2012 02:43:12 PM