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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Choosing Privacy for Public Computers in Libraries

By Matt Beckstrom Systems Manager Librarian, Lewis & Clark Library, Helena, MT Author, Protecting Patron Privacy:Safe Practices for Public Computers Most of us offer some kind of public computers for our patrons, and obviously privacy is a concern. What should we be doing for our patrons when it comes to privacy on public computers? What steps can we take? First of all, we have to remember that we have to work around the fact that privacy is...

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A Toolkit to Audit Your Library’s Privacy Practices

by Sarah Houghton Director, San Rafael Public Library (California) In this brave new world do you find yourself wondering how to ensure that your library is protecting your users’ privacy to the best of your ability? Not sure where to start? Check out the Library Patron Privacy Checklists, a joint effort from LITA’s Patron Privacy Interest Group and the ALA Intellectual Freedom Committee’s Privacy Subcommittee. No matter what kind...

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