Privacy in libraries isn’t just about safeguarding patron records or internet usage. It’s about making patrons feel welcome when they enter the building, that they know that their pursuits are their own, and that we’re there to assist them without judgment. Privacy matters. Privacy allows us free movement across the intellectual spectrum. It allows us the freedom to pursue whatever topic we find call to us. Privacy gives us the ability to pursue our passions without fear of surveillance or oppression. What can be more liberating and inclusive than that?
This year’s theme for Choose Privacy Week (May 1-7, 2019) — “Inclusive Privacy: Closing the Gap” — draws attention to the privacy inequities imposed on vulnerable and historically underrepresented populations and highlights how libraries can close the privacy gap for those who need it most.
Consumer data privacy is having a moment: several bills have recently been introduced to Congress, while federal agencies and state legislatures are also working on the issue.
Through NYC Digital Safety, more than 1,000 library staff across New York City’s five boroughs have now been trained in digital privacy and security, using published online resources specific to data privacy in the library environment. These resources are available for use by libraries across the country.
This week’s privacy news: Privacy advocates and Silicon Valley establish their battle lines over the proposed US Privacy Framework, Senators investigate apps marketing to children, learn how car makers and police are tracking your car’s every move, surveillance capitalism, encryption, a big data leak from healthcare.gov and more.
In this week’s privacy news update: FTC sets sessions on consumer privacy, how tech companies get you to give up your data, privacy and the public library, school surveillance, genetic privacy, Wyden proposes tough new law to protect consumer privacy, Girl Scouts get hacked, and more.
In this week’s privacy news: automating inequality, PrivacyCon 2019 AI & data ethics, 20 years of COPPA and protecting children’s privacy, Tim Cook calls out the data-industrial complex, his (and others!) call for US privacy regs & more privacy news and opinion.
In this week’s privacy news update: NYC Libraries lead on digital privacy, TSA ramps up use of facial recognition, a new call for student data privacy on COPPA’s anniversary, debate on a US privacy law, libraries and Facebook announce (more) data breaches, plus other privacy & surveillance news.
This week in privacy news: youth, EdTech, and privacy threats; BigTech embraces federal regulation to exclude stronger state regs; Facebook’s 1.6BN data oopsie; New Zealand extorting travelers’ passwords; and more.
Spying on our bank records for FOSTA, Big Tech wants to write the privacy rules, NTIA wants comments on consumer privacy, Delta installs facial recognition, students learn to love surveillance, Uber pays big fines for data breach, & more in this week’s privacy news.