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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Privacy News & Views – April 8-14

Video: Wiretaps, data dumps and zero days: is digital privacy no longer possible? | The Guardian Student Privacy Spying on Students: School-Issued Devices and Student Privacy | Electronic Frontier Foundation ICYMI: School Surveillance: The Consequences for Equity and Privacy  | National Association of State Boards of Education Privacy Law and Regulation The U.S. Congress Is Not the Leader in Privacy or Data Security Law | Teach Privacy 4 ways...

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Choose Privacy Week 2017 Webinar: Learn Practical Privacy Practices on April 13

Defending patron privacy in the library means more than advocating against the PATRIOT Act; it also requires a commitment to utilizing practical privacy tools and tactics that secure patron data and help counter unwanted online data collection.  Learn more about these tools and tactics during the 2017 Choose Privacy Week webinar, Practical Privacy Practices, which will take place on Thursday, April 13, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. Eastern/1:00 p.m....

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How Libraries Can Respond to the Repeal of the FCC Privacy Rules

by Deborah Caldwell-Stone and Michael Robinson This week Congress, voting along party lines, passed a resolution that repealed the groundbreaking privacy rules adopted by the Federal Communications Commission last October under the Obama administration.  The new rules would have required ISPs to adopt fair information privacy practices in regards to their customers’ data, including a requirement that the ISP obtain affirmative...

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Choose Privacy Week 2016: Resources for Teaching Privacy

by Dorothea Salo If knowing about privacy-protecting practices is half the battle, teaching them to others is the other half. Many librarians in many contexts find themselves needing to teach patrons, students, or even each other about protecting privacy online. Fortunately, no one has to start from zero: many excellent teaching resources already exist. Those listed below, arranged by audience, are just the tip of the iceberg. K-12 How to Teach...

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Choose Privacy Week 2016 – Engaging Students In Discussions About Privacy

by Carolyn Caywood At the American Library Association’s 2006 annual conference, ALA Council passed a resolution to work “toward a national conversation about privacy as an American value.” At that time, there was no discussion guide to structure a conversation on privacy available from the national organizations that develop frameworks for dialogue. ALA’s Intellectual Freedom Round Table (IFRT) and the Fostering Civic...

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