Posts Tagged as ‘Privacy’

February 7, 2014

Feb. 11 is “Day of Action” for privacy reforms

A heads up via the ALA Washington Office’s District Dispatch blog: On Tuesday, February 11th, library supporters are asked to mount a major action to urge Congress to pass major reforms to our surveillance laws. As part of The Day We Fight Back, thousands of websites will host banners urging people to call Congress to stop […]

July 18, 2013

FTRF, ALA join efforts to protect privacy and increase transparency around surveillance

Cross-posted to the FTRF Blog and Choose Privacy Week The Freedom to Read Foundation and American Library Association have joined with dozens of technology firms and other civil liberty organizations in calling on the Obama Administration and Congress to increase transparency surrounding government surveillance efforts. In a letter released this morning, FTRF, ALA, and the other groups led by […]

April 17, 2013

Countdown to Choose Privacy Week, May 1-7

In this era of “Big Data,” we know that our location, our phone calls, our purchases, our Facebook posts and our web site visits are being monitored, recorded, collected, and stored.  But too often we can’t tell who’s collecting our data, or how they’re making use of our personal information. During Choose Privacy Week, May […]

April 2, 2013

Planning for Choose Privacy Week? Free April 9 Webinar Offers Ideas for Programming and Outreach

Are you preparing for Choose Privacy Week? Join ALA’s Office for Intellectual Freedom and librarians across the country next week for a free webinar to discuss how your library can observe Choose Privacy Week,   ALA’s annual education and awareness campaign that invites library users into a national conversation about privacy rights in a digital […]

November 28, 2012

Call for Action: Tell Congress to Protect Online Privacy

The Electronic Computer Privacy Act (ECPA) is scheduled for markup tomorrow, Thursday, November 29th, in the Senate Judiciary Committee (SJC). Originally enacted in 1986 as a means of addressing telephonic wiretapping, at a time when technology was less complex and the Internet had not yet become a ubiquitous means of communication, ECPA is no longer […]

May 17, 2012

By popular demand: 2nd webinar on self-service holds

Due to high interest in this issue, OIF will offer a second free webinar on self-service holds and reader privacy. This next live event will take place Tuesday, May 22 from 2:00-3:00 p.m. Central (3-4 Eastern, 1-2 Mountain, 12-1 Pacific). The move to self-service holds (also known as open-shelf holds) has enabled many libraries to […]

March 22, 2012

Choose Privacy Week materials available now from the ALA Store

Choose Privacy Week is May 1-7, 2012.   The theme for this year’s CPW is “Freedom from Surveillance” – and we’ve got some great graphics for your library.  Get your posters, bookmarks, buttons, resource guide, and DVD at the ALA Store.  Order by April 12 to receive your materials in time using standard shipping.

March 21, 2012

SXSW: Privacy – A Hot Topic at Interactive

Last week, OIF Director Barbara Jones attended her  first SXSW in Austin.  Here’s the third installment of her blog posts from the event.  See the other two here and here. Privacy advocates, we have our work cut out for us!  There were plenty of programs on privacy, and not always very big audiences.  Some of the big players, like Google […]

January 25, 2012

Celebrate Data Privacy Day 2012

Cross-posted at Is your library celebrating Data Privacy Day? Data Privacy Day is an annual international celebration designed to promote awareness about the many ways personal information is collected, stored, used, and shared, and to promote education about privacy practices that will enable individuals to protect their personal information. ALA’s Office for Intellectual Freedom […]

January 19, 2012

OIF webcasts now available for purchase

In 2011, OIF presented two series of webinars – Intellectual Freedom Summer School and Intellectual Freedom across the Globe – that were recorded and are now available for purchase.  To purchase any of them, visit and click on the “Register” link to the right of the webcast you’re interested in. You will need to enter […]