Civil Liberties Issues
Library and Higher Education Workshop on the U.S.A. PATRIOT Act
The "Uniting and Strengthening America by Providing Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism Act" (PATRIOT Act) was designed to broaden the surveillance capabilities of law enforcement following the horrendous terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. During the day’s informative sessions led by legal counsels from the participating organizations, the group discussed specific sections of the act that raise issues for our institutions as Internet Service Providers (ISPs).
David E. Green, Principal Deputy Chief of the Computer Crime & Intellectual Property Section (CCIPS) in the Criminal Division of the U.S. Department of Justice, joined the afternoon workshop session to clarify some of the new definitions and requirements of the Patriot Act, and to answer specific practical questions from participants about the impact of these changes on our institutions. CCIPS has prepared a useful guide that is available at http://www.usdoj.gov/criminal/cybercrime/PatriotAct.htm.
Libraries and educational institutions need to be informed about these changes in order to comply with proper search warrants, subpoenas and wiretap requests from law enforcement under provisions of the new act, just as they have in the past. During the afternoon session, workshop participants defined the key legal issues and policy implications for our institutions, and also identified a number of educational tools that we are in the process of developing for our members.
Approximately thirty individuals with a broad range of responsibilities from library director to IT professional to university CIO attended this important workshop that was sponsored jointly by the following organizations: American Association of Law Libraries, American Library Association, Association of American Universities, American Council on Education, Association of Research Libraries, EDUCAUSE, Medical Library Association and Special Libraries Association.
Medical Library Association
Last Updated: 2007 June 20