Josh Hadro writes:
Usually it’s the library organizations fighting tooth and nail for personal privacy protections. But when a company like AT&T is the one arguing for privacy protections against Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests, traditional roles get a bit more complicated.
The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) and the American Library Association (ALA) recently filed a friend of court brief in the case of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) vs. AT&T (No. 09-1279), a case that will go before the Supreme Court in January. The two library groups join the Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW), the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), the National Security Archive, and OpenTheGovernment.org in signaling their opposition to a potentially far-reaching FOIA exemption that could stymie research requests and the free flow of government-held records.
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