Privacy Week

Are you concerned about the effects of technology on privacy? Libraries take patron privacy very seriously - and as a result, the American Library Association has put together a number of presentations and even a short movie to debut this week. Those resources can be found at

The keynote event of Choose Privacy Week 2012 will be the Thursday, May 3 premiere of a new short form documentary on privacy, government surveillance and civil liberties.

The documentary considers the surveillance techniques used by federal and local law enforcement to spy on immigrant communities in America and the decision by local, state and federal governments to adopt these techniques to monitor and track the activities of all Americans. It features commentary from experts and everyday citizens who ask important questions about the impact of the growing surveillance state on national security, civil liberties and privacy rights.

Featured speakers include Michael German, ACLU senior policy counsel for national security and privacy; Margaret Huang, executive director of the Rights Working Group; Paromita Shah, associate director of the National Immigration Project; Julia Shearson, Executive Director at Council on American Islamic Relations – Cleveland; and Vincent Warren, executive director of the Center for Constitutional Rights.

The documentary will be available for viewing as a streaming download at


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