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Privacy issues discussed at ALA June 2017

“Privacy is on the agenda at the 2017 ALA Annual Meeting in Chicago”.
A list of privacy-related programming at the June 2017 ALA conference

Library privacy. By Kevin Sanders Simon Barron Camille Regnault. 4th August 2017
A contribution from participants of the Radical Librarians Collective to Carnegie UK's briefing document regarding privacy and [mostly public] libraries.
“…library workers, who are considered only second to doctors as fiduciaries of citizen's information, are in a strong position to help their communities to address this need to protect themselves”

General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)

The new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) makes institutions far more accountable for the protection of the data they hold

Preparing for the GDPR. Andrew Cormack. University Business. 23 December 2016
“As the world moves into an ever more digital direction, our personal data and where it is held or how it is used has become a global concern for all of us. The GDPR is the first legislative change in recent years that will address these concerns, with a broad aim to invoke a cultural shift in the way businesses and institutions manage personal data. It has been hailed by the EU as an essential step to strengthening citizens’ fundamental rights in the digital age and allows individuals to object to certain processing and have their personal data corrected, deleted and its use restricted.”

Privacy - American Library Association

ALA advocacy page
“The right to privacy – the right to read, consider, and develop ideas and beliefs free from observation or unwanted surveillance by the government or others – is the bedrock foundation for intellectual freedom. It is essential to the exercise of free speech, free thought, and free association”

Privacy and Security for Library Systems Library Technology Reports [May/June 2016]
Breeding, Marshall
Abstract: “Surveying vendors and ARL libraries, Marshall Breeding covers the current state of patron privacy in interacting with the library’s web-based systems. The report discusses key technologies and techniques for protecting patron privacy, focusing on encryption, the storage of data, the catalog, and discovery systems. It explores the many ways patron data and behavior may be captured in the absence of preventive measures”

The NISO Privacy Principles December 14, 2015
The National Information Standards Organization (NISO) has published a set of consensus principles for the library, content-provider and software-provider communities to address privacy issues related to the use of library and library-related systems.

“The NISO Privacy Principles, available at, set forth a core set of guidelines by which libraries, systems providers and publishers can foster respect for patron privacy throughout their operations. The Principles outline at a high level basic concepts and areas which need to be addressed to support a greater understanding for and respect of privacy-related concerns in systems development, deployment, and user interactions. The twelve principles covered in the document address the following topics: Shared Privacy Responsibilities; Transparency and Facilitating Privacy Awareness; Security; Data Collection and Use; Anonymization; Options and Informed Consent; Sharing Data with Others; Notification of Privacy Policies and Practices; Supporting Anonymous Use; Access to One's Own User Data; Continuous Improvement and Accountability. The Preamble of the Principles notes that, “Certain personal data are often required in order for digital systems to deliver information, particularly subscribed content. Additionally, user activity data can provide useful insights on how to improve collections and services. However, the gathering, storage, and use of these data must respect the trust users place in libraries and their partners. There are ways to address these operational needs while also respecting the user's rights and expectations of privacy.”

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