Letters and Resolutions

Letters that ALA has participated in

June 25, 2013

ALA participated in a letter (pdf) to write to urge Senators "to ensure that any new cybersecurity information sharing bill considered in the Senate in 2013 at least maintains the privacy protections from Title VII, the information sharing title of S. 3414, the Cybersecurity Act of 2012. Our organizations agree that the protections in Title VII of S. 3414 last year should be considered the privacy floor, and not the ceiling for any cybersecurity legislation. To that end, we would strongly oppose any effort to bring to the Senate floor the information sharing provisions of last year’s SECURE IT bill, or otherwise weaken privacy safeguards."

June 12, 2013

ALA participated in a letter (pdf) to Congress to "express our concern about recent reports published in the Guardian and the
Washington Post, and acknowledged by the Obama Administration, which reveal secret spying
by the National Security Agency (NSA) on phone records and Internet activity of people in the
United States."

May 24, 2013

The ALA joined with like-minded groups to send a letter (pdf) to the U.S. Department of Justice, expressing our concerns about the Justice Department’s subpoena of telephone records belonging to Associated Press reporters and editors.

ALA Council Resolutions


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)


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


Resolution on the USA PATRIOT Act Reauthorization (pdf)


Resolution on the USA PATRIOT Act and Libraries (pdf)


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


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