Voices For Privacy Blog

Patron Privacy and Data Storage

We sometimes forget about the data we collect and how we store it. There are many places where we collect data that we may not always think about. We need to be aware of our data storage practices and make it easy for patrons to know how we use & store their data.

Posted in Choose Privacy Week, cybersecurity, Libraries and Privacy, Privacy Awareness, Protecting Privacy | 2 Comments

Your Library Organization Is Watching You

We often hear that Big Brother is watching you, but there are a lot of “Little Brothers” as well that wittingly or unwittingly funnel data to databases. Unfortunately, libraries and related organizations are a part of this surveillance environment, including the ALA.

Posted in American Library Association, Choose Privacy Week, Encryption, Libraries and Privacy | 1 Comment

Practical Privacy – Helping People Make Realistic Privacy Choices for their Real Lives

Librarians don’t have to be a privacy expert in order to help people learn to protect their privacy online and sometimes it helps if you aren’t. Helping people understand privacy helps them make better choices more tailored to their own lives and their information needs.

Posted in Choose Privacy Week, Libraries and Privacy, Privacy Awareness, Privacy Education | 2 Comments

The Challenge of Balancing Customer Service with Privacy

Technology and digital data have made it easier to provide personalized online experiences. But people are often surprised to discover how much privacy they trade for those personalized experiences. How do libraries find that balance between customer service and privacy?

Posted in Big Data, Choose Privacy Week, libraries, Privacy and Big Data, Privacy Awareness, professional ethics | 1 Comment

Big Brother is Watching You: The ethical role of libraries and big data

“Now is the time for us to tout the virtues of the library as a privacy haven to our patrons. We are not Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or Google; and we should never strive to be. Our patrons are not our products. That is a huge difference between public institutions like libraries and private industries like social networks and tech conglomerates who derive their earnings from advertising.”

Posted in Big Data, Choose Privacy Week, Libraries and Privacy, Privacy and Big Data, Privacy and Social Justice, Privacy Awareness | 2 Comments

Choose Privacy Week 2018: A Privacy Bookshelf

A selection of books and readings on privacy, Big Data, and libraries for Choose Privacy Week and beyond.

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Libraries As Private Spaces – Choose Privacy Week 2018

With the rise of surveillance technologies, and the ever-growing Internet of Things, there is a distinct possibility that in the near future, the library may be the only private public place left in modern society.

Posted in Choose Privacy Week, Democracy, Libraries and Privacy, Privacy and Freedom | Tagged , , , | 4 Comments

Privacy News and Views for April 27

Privacy News for April 27: Check out the libraries celebrating Choose Privacy Week, the CLOUD Act rains on your data privacy, a call for new privacy norms, Google targets biometric privacy, a new bill to regulate Big Data, student privacy, RFID, Facebook, encryption, and more.

Posted in News and Updates | 1 Comment

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