Entries Tagged as ‘Privacy’

September 15, 2015

ALA’s Office for Intellectual Freedom announces sponsorship of Let’s Encrypt initiative

Today, the American Library Association’s Office for Intellectual Freedom announced its sponsorship of “Let’s Encrypt,” a free, automated, and open certificate authority. “Let’s Encrypt” is a service provided by the Internet Security Research Group (ISRG) and is run for the public’s benefit. It will allow anyone who owns a domain name – including libraries – […]

September 4, 2015

FTRF and ALA join amicus brief asserting readers’ First Amendment right to be free of NSA’s online surveillance

The Freedom to Read Foundation (FTRF) and American Library Association (ALA) on Thursday joined with booksellers, international, and research librarians to file an amicus brief defending their ability – and the ability of similar organizations – to challenge on behalf of their users government actions that burden readers’ First Amendment rights.  The amicus brief was […]

August 4, 2015

New Privacy Guidelines Encourage Libraries and Vendors to Work Together to Protect Reader Privacy

By Michael Robinson Chair, IFC Privacy Subcommittee Head of Systems at the Consortium Library University of Alaska – Anchorage Crossposted from Choose Privacy Week Libraries have a tradition of protecting the privacy of readers as the cornerstone of intellectual freedom. We recognize that freedom of thought and expression begins with freedom of inquiry, the ability […]

May 7, 2015

Choose Privacy Week 2015: Creating a Digital Privacy Literacy Game to Create Safe and Secure Online Personas

by Erin Berman and Jon Worona Ready player one? Click “Start” to begin your quest. You will venture deep into the realm of online privacy where you’ll have to navigate through an ever shifting landscape, into pools of murky policies, and across tangled webs of surveillance networks. As you begin your journey you are filled […]

May 6, 2015

Choose Privacy Week 2015: Toward A Set of Best Practices to Protect Patron Privacy in Library 2.0

by Michael Zimmer In today’s information ecosystem, libraries increasingly incorporate interactive, collaborative, and user-centered features of the so-called “Web 2.0” world into traditional library services, thereby creating “Library 2.0”. Examples include: providing patrons the ability to evaluate and comment on particular items in a library’s collection through discussion forums or comment threads; creating dynamic and […]

May 5, 2015

Choose Privacy Week Brief: Tell Congress to Support Real Privacy and Surveillance Law Reform

The time is long past for Section 215 to be meaningfully reformed to restore the civil liberties massively and unjustifiably compromised by the USA PATRIOT Act. ~~ALA President Courtney Young  Very nearly from the day the USA PATRIOT Act was signed into law in 2001, librarians raised concerns about the scope of surveillance authorized under […]

May 5, 2015

Choose Privacy Week 2015: What You Should Know About “Anonymous” Aggregate Data About You

By Gretchen McCord Crossposted from Choose Privacy Week.) Today more than ever, we appreciate that raw data has great financial value. The owners of websites, social media tools, and cell phone applications make billions of dollars annually on “targeted,” or “behavioral,” advertising. They attempt to ensure us that although they collect, share, and use data […]

May 4, 2015

Choose Privacy Week 2015: Patron Privacy in Online Catalogs and Discovery Services

By Marshall Breeding Crossposted from Choose Privacy Week Concern for keeping records related to the details and borrowing activity of patrons has been a longstanding priority for libraries. We expect integrated library systems and related applications to include features to handle any data that specifically identifies a patron securely. As with any computer application, security […]

May 3, 2015

Choose Privacy Week 2015: Strong Passphrases for Privacy and Security

By Alison Macrina Crossposted from Choose Privacy Week I’m sorry to be the one to tell you this, but your password sucks. I know you use the same one for everything, and it probably contains some personally identifiable information – your dad’s birthday, your pet’s name, the year of your anniversary. Even if you think […]

May 2, 2015

Choose Privacy Week 2015: Raganathan and the Five Blind Librarians

By Eric Hellman I’ve heard it told that after formulating his famous “Five Laws of Library Science“, the great Indian librarian S. R Raganathan set about thinking about privacy. Here’s what I remember of the tale. It turns out that in India at the time, there were five librarians renowned throughout the land for their […]