Letters and Resolutions

Recent Privacy-Related ALA/Coalition Letters

USA FREEDOM Act

Letter (pdf) to Senate leadership urging immediate passage of USA Freedom Act pre-adjournment of Sept. 4, 2014

Letter (pdf) to House Leadership Requesting Amendments to USAF of May 14, 2014

Letter (pdf) to Senate Leadership Urging Careful Process on USAF of June 6, 2014

Letter (pdf) to the President and AG Urging Immediate Non-Renewal of NSA “Bulk Collection” Program of June 17, 2014

Letter (pdf) to Senate Leadership Detailing Concerns with House-Passed USAF of June 18, 2014

Letter (pdf) to Committee, Senate and House Leaders Calling for Prompt Passage of New USA Freedom Act by Sen. Patrick Leahy of July 29, 2014

Letter (pdf) to House and Senate Leadership Endorsing and Underscoring Transparency Reforms of New USA Freedom Act of July 29, 2014

Electronic Communications Privacy Act

Joint Letter to Congressional Leaders Calling for Immediate Post-Election Vote on ECPA Reform Bills of Sept. 17, 2014 (pdf)

Letter to the President Calling for Support of Broad Reform/Modernization of ECPA of April 28, 2014 (pdf)

Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act (CISA)

Letter (pdf) to All Members of Senate Select Committee on Intelligence emphasizing threats to privacy and network neutrality of June 26, 2014 (coordinated by CDT)
Letter (pdf) to All Members of Senate Select Committee on Intelligence re: threats to whistleblowers, privacy and transparency of June 26, 2014 (coordinated by ACLU)
Letter (pdf) to President Obama urging issuance of a public statement of his intent to veto S. 2588, the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act of 2014 (CISA), or similarly structured legislation, of July 15, 2014 (coordinated by Acces.org)

2015 DoD Appropriations Bill Amendments

Letter (pdf) to House Leadership Calling for Support of Sensenbrenner, et al Amendments to Department of Defense Appropriations Bill (prohibiting the use of appropriated funds to enable government agencies to collect and search the communications of U.S. persons without a warrant using section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act) of June 18, 2014

FBI Biometric Database Program

Letter (pdf) to the Attorney General Urging Expedited Completion of Privacy Impact Study of Massive Biometric Database Program (and comprehensive review of the goals of the program to ensure that information collection is solely of individuals who are part of the criminal justice system and does not become a tool for surveillance of innocent Americans) of June 24, 2014

ALA Council Resolutions

2011

Resolution to Continue Opposition to the use of Section 215 of the USA PATRIOT Act and the use of National Security Letters to Violate Reader Privacy (pdf)

2009

Resolution on the Reauthorization of Section 215 of the USA PATRIOT Act (pdf)

2006

Resolution on the USA PATRIOT Act Reauthorization (pdf)

2005

Resolution on the USA PATRIOT Act and Libraries (pdf)

2004

Resolution on Proposed Amendments to the USA PATRIOT Act (pdf)

2003

Resolution on the USA PATRIOT Act and Related Measures that Infringe on the Rights of Library Users (pdf)