Practical Privacy Practices

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Choose Privacy Week is held annually May 1-7. Start planning now for your library’s participation and programming. Choose Privacy Week materials are available now in the ALA Store.
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Voices For Privacy Blog

Privacy News and Views, April 22-28

Posted by on April 29, 2017 in Broadband privacy, Choose Privacy Week, Corporate Surveillance, cybersecurity, FISA / PATRIOT Act, government surveillance, libraries, News and Updates, Privacy Awareness | 0 comments

Choose Privacy Week, May 1 – 7, 2017

Let’s Get Practical for Choose Privacy Week
Join the librarians who are getting practical for #ChoosePrivacy Week to improve #privacy protections for their users.

Libraries and Privacy Literacy

How to protect patrons’ digital privacy | American Libraries
4 critical points to consider when receiving cybersecurity and privacy advice | TechRepublic
“One of the findings of particular interest is that 13% of people participating in the survey received advice from teachers or librarians, and of those only 8%—the lowest percentage reported—had an online safety problem.  Our findings also suggest that librarians are underutilized but potentially very valuable sources of online safety information.”

Government Surveillance

U.S. Homeland Security probes possible abuse in Twitter summons case | Reuters
Tech Groups Push FCC to Undo Phone Call Record Retention Regulation  | Morning Consult
N.S.A Halts Collection of Americans’ Emails About Foreign Targets | New York Times

Corporate Surveillance

Amazon’s Echo Look is a minefield of AI and privacy concerns | The Verge head ‘heartbroken’ that users found out it sells their inbox data | The Guardian
FTC urged to probe easily penetrated telly-enabled teledildonic toy | The Register

Privacy Self-Defense /  Tools for Privacy

Cybersecurity For The People: How To Protect Your Privacy At A Protest| The Intercept
How to Disappear: Is it possible to move through a smart city undetected? | City Lab
4 critical points to consider when receiving cybersecurity and privacy advice | TechRepublic
Keeping Your Habits Private in a Connected World | Science Friday

Broadband Privacy

A Sanctuary City for Data Privacy?  | Civicist
How Big Internet Will Use Our Private Information to Get Even Bigger | Pacific Standard

Cybersecurity and Encryption

Wyden pushing to mandate ‘basic cybersecurity’ for Senate | The Hill

Privacy Law and Regulation (International Edition)

The main differences between internet privacy in the US and the EU | Marketplace
Proposed e-Privacy Regulations: what you should know now | Lexology

Let’s Get Practical for Choose Privacy Week

Posted by on April 28, 2017 in Choose Privacy Week, libraries, Privacy Awareness, Programming, Protecting Privacy | 0 comments

By Michael Robinson
Chair, ALA-IFC Privacy Subcommittee
Associate Professor at the Consortium Library, University of Alaska – Anchorage

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The American Library Association’s Office for Intellectual Freedom demonstrated its foresight when it started the Choose Privacy Week program in 2010, launching an ongoing program to  raise awareness among libraries and library users about the dangers of government surveillance and demonstrating why privacy is important, especially in light of the growing use of online resources and services.  For several years, the program felt like it was a lone voice for privacy in libraryland.  However, the Snowden revelations in 2013 and the Adobe E-reader kerfuffle in 2014 brought privacy issues to the forefront in the library community and among the general public, and for the most part the case for why privacy is important has been made.  We are now moving into a phase where libraries are looking for ways to improve privacy protections for their users, and in light of this change, we have designated Practical Privacy Practices as the theme for this year’s Choose Privacy Week, taking place May 1 – 7, 2017.

We kicked this year’s observation of Choose Privacy Week with a webinar about practical privacy practices on April 13th that focused on three areas:  how to configure and manage the integrated library system (Marshall Breeding); how to install free HTTPS certificates on your websites using Let’s Encrypt (Mike Robinson); and how to provide anonymous web browsing using TOR and other tools (Alison Macrina). You can access a recording of the presentation here.

We also have a fantastic set of blog posts planned for this week that explore and promote technologies and practices that libraries can employ to enhance privacy protections.  So keep an eye on the Choose Privacy Week website for the rest of the week for these and other articles:

  • Long Overdue: Revisiting Library Privacy Policies by Nancy Kranich
  • De-identification and Patron Data by Becky Yoose
  • Negotiating Contracts with Vendors for Privacy by Eric Stroshane
  • A Toolkit to Audit Your Library’s Privacy Practices by Sarah Houghton
  • Data Exchange and the Art of Iterating Security Checkups by Galen Charlton
  • Piwik, An Alternative to Google Analytics by Adam Chandler

Finally, you may have noticed a new look for the Choose Privacy Week website, accompanied by new downloadable graphics to promote Choose Privacy Week in your libraries.  We have made a first round of changes that we hope will make the website easier to use and transform it into a clearinghouse for resources to improve library privacy practices and provide support for privacy programs that spark community discussions about current privacy issues.

Privacy News & Views – April 15 -21

Posted by on April 21, 2017 in Broadband privacy, data mining, FISA / PATRIOT Act, government surveillance, Legislation, libraries, News and Updates, Privacy and Big Data, Schools, state law, student data privacvy | 0 comments

Recorded Webinar: Practical Privacy Practices

Libraries, Privacy, and Surveillance

Libraries and Privacy Literacy

Student Privacy

Privacy and Data Analytics

Consumer Privacy

Government Surveillance

Broadband Privacy

Privacy Law and Regulation