Librarians are remarkably smart people who have historically defended the privacy rights of individuals. They know that tyranny begins with surveillance and censorship.
Pembroke Pines, Fl (PRWEB) May 11, 2012
UmeNow, the social network that has banned all tracking and all ads, announced today its full support for librarians who oppose CISPA, a cyber security law currently under consideration in the Senate and which the American Library Association said would "establish a whole new system for our nation’s privacy laws and policies and legalize extraordinary intrusions into established privacy rights and civil liberties."
"Librarians are American heroes and heroines. They understand that surveillance laws that legalize tracking people -- monitoring who we know, what we do, say, write, and read -- should be opposed. Librarians are remarkably smart people who have historically defended the privacy rights of individuals," stated Evelyn Castillo-Bach, founder and CEO of UmeNow.
Ninety-five percent of librarians surveyed by the American Library Associated (ALA) said that individuals should be able to control who sees their personal information. More than 95 percent of librarians surveyed said government agencies and businesses shouldn’t share personal information with third parties without proper authorization.
The American Library Association opposes CISPA, the Cyber Information Sharing and Protection Act.
"If CISPA or a law similar to it is passed by the Senate, companies like mine can disclose private communication directly to the government and we cannot be sued. Your email, social networking activities, telephone communication, text messages, all of it can be handed over to the government in a blink," stated Castillo-Bach, who is also an outspoken privacy advocate.
Nearly 100 percent of librarians surveyed by the American Library Association agreed that libraries should never share personal information, circulation records or Internet use records with third parties unless it has been authorized by the individual or by a court of law.
UmeNow Company Information:
UmeNow promotes itself as the People's Network. It has banned all tracking and all ads.
Multiple Walls for friends, families, colleagues and groups.
Private photo gallery.
Love-n-Likes section where members share with each other without friending.
Blog section that permits posting anonymously, with a real name, or a pseudonym.
Option to share blogs with the whole world or friends only.
Ability to edit or delete anything posted, at anytime.
Simple and clear privacy settings.
When something is deleted, the company deletes it forever.
Zero tolerance for cyberbullying.
Zero tolerance for data mining and data brokers.
Zero tolerance for tracking, face recognition technology, and other spy tools.
UmeNow has a 2-tier membership structure. Anyone may join for free and enjoy many of the site features. Free members and subscribed members receive the same level of privacy protection. Premium level members who subscribe for $6.00/ month have access to all site areas.
Evelyn Castillo-Bach is the founder of UmeNow and Collegiate Nation. UmeNow entered into its silent launch in July 2011. Collegiate Nation--also known as GoCNCN.com-- is the first and only private network exclusively for college students. Castillo-Bach was interviewed earlier this year by Miami television to address privacy issues impacting college students.
Both UmeNow.com and Collegiate Nation are known for fiercely protecting the privacy rights of its members. All ads, third party apps and games are banned because they are back doors to tracking and extracting private information. Castillo-Bach earned her M.S. in 1993 from Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. She has traveled extensively in Ethiopia and in the Balkans, accompanying her Danish husband who is a lawyer.