Celebrating 20 Years of Internet Free Speech

Today marks the 20th anniversary of the Supreme Court of the United States’ decision in Reno v. ACLU, a case that determined that certain provisions of the Communication Decency Act (CDA) – which sought to govern speech online – violated the right to free speech. This decision was a landmark decision, the Court’s first about the […]

ARL Applauds Approval of Email Privacy Act, Urges Swift Senate Action

The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) applauds the approval of the Email Privacy Act by the US House of Representatives.  The House passed the bill with a voice vote, moving this critical piece of legislation one step toward ensuring that the outdated Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA) is reformed to keep pace with the digital […]

ARL Celebrates House Passage of Email Privacy Act; Urges Senate to Pass Quickly

*Cross-posted from ARL News* The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) applauds today’s 419-0 vote in the US House of Representatives passing the Email Privacy Act (H.R. 699), a bill that updates the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA). Passed in 1986, ECPA has not kept pace with evolving technologies and has led to an absurdity that […]

New Advocacy and Policy Update

The latest ARL Advocacy and Public Policy Update (covering the period from October 1 to December 22) is now available.  Previous Advocacy and Policy Updates can be found here. From the current update’s summary: Copyright continues to be an active area with a number of developments since October. The House Judiciary Committee continues to move […]

New Advocacy and Policy Update Available

The latest ARL Advocacy and Policy Update (covering mid-August to the beginning of October) is now available.  Previous Advocacy and Policy Updates can be found here. From the current update’s summary: With its return from an August recess, the US Congress faces several controversial must-pass bills and other divisive issues with little time to spare […]

On Data Privacy Day, ARL Urges Congress to Reform Outdated Online Privacy Law

Today is Data Privacy Day, a day for organizations, companies, and individuals to advocate for stronger privacy rights. One area that is badly in need of reform is the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA), a law that was passed in 1986 that governs when government agencies can access e-mails and other online communications. This law […]

76 Companies and Organizations Urge Congress to Ensure Privacy of Online Communications

On September 8, 2014, the Association of Research Libraries joined a broad coalition of seventy-six technology companies as well as privacy and public interest organizations in sending a letter to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) and House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) urging reform of the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA). Both the Senate […]

Broad Coalition Opposes Cyber Information Sharing Act of 2014

On June 26, 2014 the Association of Research Libraries joined with thirty-four other organizations opposing the Cyber Information Sharing Act of 2014 (CISA). This broad coalition sent a letter to Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV), Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence Chairman Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), and U.S. Senate Select Committee […]

White House Report to President Obama on Big Data

On May 1, 2014, a report by Administration officials to President Obama on big data was released. The report was signed by John Podesta, Counselor to the President; Penny Pritzker, Secretary of Commerce; Ernest J. Moniz, Secretary of Energy; John Holdren, Director of the Office of Science & Technology Policy; and Jeffrey Zients, Director of […]

ARL Joins Privacy Groups, Tech Industry To Support Key Online Privacy Reforms

ARL is proud to be a part of Digital Due Process, a broad coalition of civil liberties and public interest groups (CDT, EFF, ACLU, and many others) as well as technology and telecommunications companies and associations (Google, AOL, Intel, AT&T, CCIA, and many more) that unveiled a new campaign today to reform the Electronic Communications […]