Let’s Get Practical for Choose Privacy Week

By Michael Robinson Chair, ALA-IFC Privacy Subcommittee Associate Professor at the Consortium Library, University of Alaska – Anchorage The American Library Association’s Office for Intellectual Freedom demonstrated its foresight when it started the Choose Privacy Week program in 2010, launching an ongoing program to  raise awareness among libraries and library users about the dangers of government surveillance and demonstrating why...

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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by Deborah Caldwell-Stone and Michael Robinson This week Congress, voting along party lines, passed a resolution that repealed the groundbreaking privacy rules adopted by the Federal Communications Commission last October under the Obama administration.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 2016 – ALA-IFC Releases New Library Privacy Guidelines To Improve Reader Privacy Protections for Students

To highlight the theme for Choose Privacy Week 2016 – students’ and minors’ privacy – the American Library Association’s Intellectual Freedom Committee approved a new document, “Library Privacy Guidelines for Students in K-12 Schools” on May 2, 2016.   The document, which surveys the state of students’ privacy in K-12 schools, provides guidance for school libraries and educational institutions...

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Choose Privacy Week 2016 – Privacy, Injustice, and Self-Respect

by Anna Lauren Hoffman Two Saturdays ago, I (and pretty much everyone else on the Internet) sat in awe watching Lemonade, Beyoncé’s epic visual album. At one point during it, Malcolm X’s voice declares: “the most disrespected woman in America is the black woman.” Coupled with her recent video for “Formation,” the grand theme of Beyoncé’s work is made explicit in those words—Lemonade is a powerful assertion of Black women’s...

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Choose Privacy Week 2016 – Privacy and Respect for Individuals

By Neil Richards Have you looked at your Google or Bing search history recently? You should. When you do, you’ll find a list of all the questions you’ve asked your digital assistant. Maybe you asked who won Super Bowl XX (It was Da Bears.). Maybe you asked where else you’d seen that new actor on Game of Thrones (It was The Exorcist). Or maybe you wanted to learn more about Bernie Sanders, or Donald Trump, or radical Islam, or the Klan, or...

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