Brooklyn, Queens, and New York Public Libraries Launch a New Digital Privacy Initiative

by William Marden Chair, ALA-IFC Privacy Subcommittee The New York Public Library, Brooklyn Public Library, and Queens Library are teaming up with the Metropolitan New York Library Council to bring digital privacy and data-security information to New York City’s 8.5 million residents. With support from the NYC Mayor’s Office, the project will train the city’s front-line librarians to be able to answer questions about internet privacy and...

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The KRACK Attacks and Libraries

By Galen Charlton Earlier this week Mathy Vanhoef of the imec-DistriNet research group at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven announced his discovery of a set of related vulnerabilities in WPA2, a protocol used to encrypt communications over wireless networks. KRACK, as Vanhoef dubbed the vulnerability, expands to Key Reinstallation Attacks. The vulnerability exploited by KRACK lies with how Wi-Fi devices set up keys for encrypted...

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Privacy News and Views, June 3 – 10

Featured: Privacy @ ALA Annual 2017 | Choose Privacy Week FTC Announces Third PrivacyCon, Calls for Presentations | FTC Government Surveillance U.S. Supreme Court to settle major cellphone privacy case | Reuters Supreme Court Will Decide If Your Mobile Phone Location Data Is Private | Consumer Reports Privacy in the cellphone age | New York Times (editorial) Intel agencies want to make the most controversial foreign surveillance rule...

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Privacy @ ALA Annual 2017

Privacy is on the agenda at the 2017 ALA Annual Meeting in Chicago.   Here is the current list of privacy-related programming:   Saturday, June 24 7:30 AM – 9:00 AM      Privacy is the Future: The Library’s Role as Educator, Defender and Enforcer The library has long been at the focal point for defending the rights of its users, a role that’s evolving as society and technology change. A key emerging topic is privacy in a...

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Coming Attractions: Introducing The “Privacy” Special Issue of the Journal of Intellectual Freedom & Privacy

As editor of the ALA’s new Journal of Intellectual Freedom & Privacy, I’m excited to preview the journal’s first special-themed issue on Privacy (Volume 2, Issue 1). Within libraries, a patron’s intellectual activities are protected by decades of established norms and practices intended to preserve patron privacy and confidentiality, most stemming from the ALA’s Library Bill of Rights and related interpretations. As a matter...

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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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