Piwik is an alternative to Google Analytics

By Adam Chandler Cornell University Libraries Director, Automation, User Experience, and Post-Cataloging Services Like many other libraries, Cornell University Library uses Google Analytics (GA) to track website usage. GA, designed to support Google’s primary revenue stream, advertising, has many strengths, especially the fact that it does not cost money. However, given our tradition in libraries to protect reader privacy, a compelling...

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De-identification and Patron Data

De-identification and Patron Data

by Becky Yoose Library Applications and Systems Manager The Seattle Public Library Libraries and library vendors contain multitudes of data1 : item circulation, patron information, computer sessions, program attendance, website logs, and searches, just to name a few. Data plays a critical role in analysis and assessment of collections, operations, and services; however, the privacy of the patron must be taken into consideration in using any...

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Privacy News & Views – April 15 -21

Recorded Webinar: Practical Privacy Practices Libraries, Privacy, and Surveillance Iowa City library may soon need to remove bathroom cameras | KCRG Libraries and Privacy Literacy Privacy Literacy Training for Librarians | Data Privacy Project Student Privacy 1.3 million K-12 students exposed by now-secured data breach| The Daily Dot Privacy and Data Analytics Learning Analytics and the Academic Library: Professional Ethics Commitments...

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Choose Privacy Week 2016 – Online Youth Privacy in the Age of Big Data: Building Your Awareness

by Rigele Abilock and Debbie Abilock The girl swallows the pill.   Millions of tiny magnetic nanoparticles disperse into her bloodstream.  They are her trusty scouts, tracking her body for early signs of cancer, heart disease, and other conditions.  Her wearable wristband magnetically recalls the nanoparticles to her wrist veins for instant skin read-outs.  She is constantly monitored by physicians and healthcare companies.  In return,...

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Choose Privacy Week 2016 – Educational records: More than just grades and detentions in an era of data-driven education

by Kyle Jones Records define us–partially.  They enclose data and information that reveal our past, present, and increasingly our future.  But they are never perfect representations of who we are as individuals, nor are they able to capture the richness of our relationships with others.  So, we are naturally wary of their contents, who has access to them, and the risks their disclosure creates.  Because of these reasons and others, we want...

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Privacy @ ALA Annual 2015 in San Francisco

Privacy is on the agenda at the 2015 ALA Annual Meeting in San Francisco June 26 – June 30, 2015. Some highlights: RUSA President’s Program speaker danah boyd will discuss her research on youth culture, the “big data” phenomenon, and the role of libraries and librarians in a data-soaked world on Saturday, June 27, at 4:00 p.m. in the Moscone Convention Center West,  Room 3014-16. Privacy law scholar Neil Richards and...

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