Voices For Privacy Blog

Privacy News and Views for May 18

This week’s #privacy news: Supremes uphold 4th Amendment rights in rental car search, debates on FERPA and student privacy, data leaks at Facebook & Chili’s, tracking firm reveals location of every smartphone user in US, encryption backdoors, eFail, and more.

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Privacy News and Views for May 11

The 5/11 #privacy news roundup: Stop Saying Privacy, Start Saying Data Protection; tracking the poor and imprisoned; NSA ramps up #surveillance, automating inequality, genetic data for the taking, the Equifax breach by the numbers, and more.

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Privacy News and Views for May 4

The May 4 privacy news roundup, with a focus on Choose Privacy Week, privacy and social justice, corporate surveillance, minors’ privacy, and more.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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?

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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.”

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