The American Library Association’s Office for Intellectual Freedom has collected many links and resources about maintaining and protecting the privacy of library patrons and your own personal information in the wilds of the Worldwide Web. Some very powerful legislation is being rushed through Congress this month that will affect the privacy of internet users everywhere (including, but not limited to CISPA, the Cybersecurity Internet Sharing and Protection Act) . The American Civil Liberties Union has pointed out that the legislation would give the government and it’s intelligence communities, including the National Security Agency “... unprecedented powers to snoop through people’s personal information — medical records, private emails, financial information — all without a warrant, proper oversight or limits.”
New books recently added to the Community Library that explore online privacy and identity security issues include Lori Andrews’ just released I Know Who You Are and I Saw What You Did which talks about the widespread misuse of data mining by corporations and governments, and how personal data is unknowingly shared or appropriated. She also advances the idea of a Constitution for the web to define and protect a user’s rights to privacy and due process.
Other recently published books about online life, privacy and security include Eli Pariser’s The Filter Bubble: What the Internet is Hiding from You, Rebecca MacKinnon’s Consent of the Networked: the World-wide struggle for Internet Freedom, and a study on character and corporate assassination as it is practiced in the digital universe, by Richard Torrenzano and Mark Davis titled Digital Assassination: Protecting Your Reputation, Brand or Business Against Online Attacks.
Edited 5:40 pm 4/26/12: The CISPA act passed the House in a rushed vote today 248-168. It now passes on to the Senate.