Privacy and access are two important elements in librarianship that we hold dear- Both concepts are prominent in ALA’s Code of Ethics, but what happens when access and privacy collide?
A big part of the job of an Electronic Resources Librarian in a public library is guiding users through how to use our resources – that includes helping them take control of their own privacy.
Overview of newly passed ALA resolutions, “Resolution on the Surveillance of Library Users Through Behavioral Tracking” and “Resolution in Opposition to Facial Recognition Software in Libraries”
A book review of the 2020 Library Privacy Policies by Jason Vaughan. The book includes a great breakdown of how data is regularly collected and used in a number of different systems, many of which are routinely used in libraries (web servers, virtual reference tracking systems, patron records, etc.). Vaughan also outlines how this data can be used and shared outside of the intended purpose, serving as an important reminder of how many inlets and collection points in data collecting.
California currently leads the country in considering data privacy and the steps that should be taken to protect it. Two recent laws stand out – The California Consumer Privacy Act of 2018 and the California Privacy Rights Act of 2020. Here I’d like to make an effort to provide an explanation of how the two acts work together.