some bad pending legislation

While we’re on the subject, let’s talk about some bad pending legislation that could affect libraries, privacy or access to information

  • The INDUCE Act – criminalizing copyright violating software/hardware [bill/commentary]
  • new FOIA exemptions [commentary]
  • Family Movie Act – allowing software censoring of DVDs without copyright violations [news article]
  • CAPPSII – profiling passengers [eff info]
  • US v. Councilman – email privacy rehearing sought [news article]
  • various SPY acts [commentary]

There is some good news, however, section 215 of the USA PATRIOT Act will “sunset” a scant fifteen months from now along with many other parts of the USAPA.