Over the past weekend, 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. Below we’ve compiled links to those stories, public reaction to the news, and one item on privacy self defense.
Whistleblower reveals to Channel 4 News data grab of 50 million Facebook profiles by Cambridge Analytica |Channel4News (United Kingdom)
Facebook has suspended Cambridge Analytica, the data analytics firm that helped Donald Trump get elected| ReCode
Cambridge Analytica used Facebook data it promised Facebook it had deleted, the company claims.
How Trump Consultants Exploited the Facebook Data of Millions | New York Times
Facebook’s Role in Data Misuse Sets Off Storms on Two Continents | New York Times
Update, 6:30 PM, 3/19/2018:
Facebook Ignites Debate Over Third-Party Access to User Data | Wall Street Journal
Facebook Owes You More Than This | Wired
Tools to Protect User Privacy | Choose Privacy Week
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.
Choose Privacy Week (May 1-8) is the American Library Association’s annual, week-long event that promotes the importance of individual privacy rights and celebrates libraries and librarians’ unique role in protecting privacy in the library and in society as a whole. For more information on Choose Privacy Week, visit chooseprivacyweek.org.
Julie Oborny is a web librarian for San José Public Library (SJPL), where she focuses on analyzing, designing, and developing the library’s online experiences. As an advocate for privacy, intellectual freedom, and technology literacy, she valued the opportunity to work on the design and development team for the award-winning Virtual Privacy Lab — a free resource that helps people optimize their online privacy. Julie authored a chapter about social network sites, surveillance, and RFID in Protecting Patron Privacy: A LITA Guide. She also participated in SJPL’s privacy audit.
Erin Berman is the Innovations Manager for the San José Public Library. She was an American Library Association’s Emerging Leader in the class of 2014, was named one of Library Journal’s Movers and Shakers in 2016 and is currently a California Library Association at-large board member. Her work in the library field has mainly focused on technology literacy, leading projects such as the Virtual Privacy Lab, the Maker[Space]Ship, and most recently, an internal privacy audit.
The ALA Intellectual Freedom Committee’s Privacy Subcommittee monitors ongoing privacy developments in libraries, including technology, politics, legislation, and social trends. It proposes actions to ALA’s Intellectual Freedom Committee that promote best policies and practices for library users’ privacy and generally defend and protect the privacy of library users, librarians, and the public.
The ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom is charged with implementing ALA policies concerning the concept of intellectual freedom as embodied in the Library Bill of Rights and with educating librarians and the public about the nature and importance of intellectual freedom in libraries. OIF supports the work of the Intellectual Freedom Committee and its Privacy Subcommittee. For more information, visit ala.org/oif.
Privacy for Whom? | The New Inquiry
Two new books show that for the poor, privacy has never been on offer.
- Must Tech Firms Provide Data Held Abroad? Justices Struggle to Apply 1986 Law | New York Times
- Supreme Court Skeptical of Microsoft’s Ireland E-Mail Privacy Claims | Scientific American
- Court Seems Unconvinced Of Microsoft’s Argument To Shield Email Data Stored Overseas | NPR
- Microsoft argues data privacy case is one for Congress to decide | CNN
Student Privacy/Libraries and Privacy
We can, but should we? When trends challenge our professional values | American Libraries
Privacy Tip #128 – Basic Smartphone Settings to Thwart Hackers | Data Privacy & Security Insider
Encryption and Security
Law and Regulation
Bill seeking to protect consumers from Equifax-like data breach passes Unicameral | WJAG / Norfolk (NE)
This Week in Data Breaches
Data breach may have put Pa. teachers’ personal information at risk | PennLive/Patriot-News (Harrisburg, PA)
Stolen laptop compromises data of Houston’s health plan | Health Data Management