Privacy News Update: Cambridge Analytica and Facebook

On March 17 – 18, 2018, the Guardian, the New York Times, and Britain’s Channel Four published stories detailing how Cambridge Analytica employed a third-party researcher to harvest 50 million Facebook users’ profiles for use in political campaigns without the consent of the users.  Below we’ve compiled links to those stories, public reaction to the news, and provided information and links about privacy self defense.  (Last updated on March 27). Initial News Stories and Investigative Reports: Revealed: 50 million Facebook profiles harvested for Cambridge Analytica in major data breach  | The Guardian How Trump Consultants Exploited the Facebook Data of Millions |

Privacy News and Views for March 16

Featured Make A Giant Leap for Patron Privacy: Prepare For Choose Privacy Week 2018 With A Free Webinar On Library Privacy Audits | Choose Privacy Week Let’s Encrypt takes free “wildcard” certificates live | Ars Technica Resources for libraries on HTTPS & Let’s Encrypt Government Surveillance TSA accused of searching domestic travelers’ devices with no warrant | Ars Technica How ICE may be able to access license-plate data from sanctuary cities and use it for arrests | Slate Students’ and Minors’ Privacy An American University Is Spying On Students to Predict Dropouts. Here’s What That Says About Big Data in

Make A Giant Leap for Patron Privacy: Prepare for CPW2018 with A Free Webinar on Library Privacy Audits

Is your library preparing to observe Choose Privacy Week 2018? Join Erin Berman and Julie Oborny of the San José Public Library for a free webinar that outlines the first steps libraries can take to implement up-to-date privacy policies and procedures. The webinar “A Practical Guide to Privacy Audits” will include a discussion about why healthy privacy practices are more critical for libraries than ever before and offers a step-by-step guide for starting a privacy audit at your library. The webinar will take place on Monday, April 16, 2018 at 1:30 p.m. Eastern/12:30 p.m. Central/11:30 a.m. Mountain/10:30 a.m. Pacific. Online