Choose Privacy Week Brief: Let’s Encrypt / HTTPS Everywhere

IT specialists like Marshall Breeding and privacy advocates like Alison Macrina of the Library Freedom Project are urging libraries and vendors to encrypt their websites and online automation and discovery systems to better protect patron privacy. Encrypting websites and networked communications requires the installation of Transport Layer Security (TLS) / Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) identity certificates and then use of the HTTPS protocol by...

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Choose Privacy Week 2015: Patron Privacy in Online Catalogs and Discovery Services

Choose Privacy Week 2015: Patron Privacy in Online Catalogs and Discovery Services

By Marshall Breeding Concern for keeping records related to the details and borrowing activity of patrons has been a longstanding priority for libraries. We expect integrated library systems and related applications to include features to handle any data that specifically identifies a patron securely. As with any computer application, security features should be in place to prevent unauthorized intrusion. Beyond industry-standard security...

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Choose Privacy Week 2015: Strong Passphrases for Privacy and Security

By Alison Macrina I’m sorry to be the one to tell you this, but your password sucks. I know you use the same one for everything, and it probably contains some personally identifiable information – your dad’s birthday, your pet’s name, the year of your anniversary. Even if you think you’ve got a good password strategy, if it contains any kind of pattern – a famous quote, a song lyric – it’s can very easily be...

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Choose Privacy Week 2015: Ranganathan and the Five Blind Librarians

Choose Privacy Week 2015: Ranganathan and the Five Blind Librarians

By Eric Hellman I’ve heard it told that after formulating his famous “Five Laws of Library Science“, the great Indian librarian S. R Ranganathan set about thinking about privacy. Here’s what I remember of the tale. It turns out that in India at the time, there were five librarians renowned throughout the land for their tremendous organizational skills, formidable bibliographic canny, and the coincidental fact that each of...

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Choose Privacy Week 2015: CPW Activities Around the United States

Libraries and schools around the country are observing Choose Privacy Week 2015 with a variety of activities.   Here’s a sampling of what libraries are doing:   The Multnomah Public Library will observe Choose Privacy Week on Saturday, May 2 with “Is Privacy an Option?” a talk led by Mark Alfino, professor of philosophy at  Gonzaga University.  Alfino will discuss issues around privacy, transparency and why...

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Choose Privacy Week 2015: Who’s Reading the Reader?

By Michael Robinson Chair, ALA-IFC Privacy Subcommittee It feels like online privacy has taken a step closer to center stage in libraryland in 2015.  For years, a number of librarians have been advocating that libraries and the ecology of vendors and publishers they do business with need to do a better job of protecting the online privacy of our patrons. We will hear again from some of them in this year’s fantastic series of blog posts...

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