Tag: Privacy

The USA Freedom Act: A Major Reform to the Patriot Act

Recently, the United States Senate acted to end the bulk collection of Americans communications records by passing THE USA FREEDOM ACT (H.R. 2048).  In a 67-32 vote the Senate agreed with civil libertarians and the American Association of Law Libraries (“AALL”) who feared that section 215 of The Patriot Act  violated the privacy rights of library users and all Americans. AALL’s Washington Blawg agrees in its post on June 2.  The Blawg explained that “under the legislation, all...

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Privacy in the Library: what you need to know

In this world of internet hackers and identity thieves, privacy has become an important issue.  I learned privacy basics that go beyond our digital ID, medical records, personal  and financial information in a recent Webinar sponsored by the American Association of Law Libraries (“AALL”) on November 6, of 2014.  Presenters’ Sarah Lamdan of City University of New York School of Law,  and Rachel Gordon, Access Services Librarian of Mercer University School of Law discussed the development...

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Is it a bird? A plane? NO!…It’s a DRONE!

Have you ever wondered what a UAS (unmanned aircraft systems)  is?  Commonly known as “drones,” they come in all shapes and sizes and some of them even resemble small radio controlled airplanes.  Drones have commercial and military application and, yes, some have even more sinister uses.  They have been used in war zones to kill enemy combatants and even American citizens abroad aiding terrorist organizations. As you can imagine, their use has not been without controversy.  Their acquisition...

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