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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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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Negotiating Contracts with Vendors for Privacy

by Eric Stroshane Library Development Manager North Dakota State Library In the wake of the 2013 Snowden revelations and the March 2017 Congressional resolution to eschew the FCC’s privacy rules, we’ve seen online privacy initiatives gain significant traction while garnering widespread attention and accolades. Efforts like Reset the Net and the non-profit Let’s Encrypt have ushered in an era of far greater and more evenly distributed...

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Choose Privacy Week 2016 – Online Youth Privacy in the Age of Big Data: Building Your Awareness

by Rigele Abilock and Debbie Abilock The girl swallows the pill.   Millions of tiny magnetic nanoparticles disperse into her bloodstream.  They are her trusty scouts, tracking her body for early signs of cancer, heart disease, and other conditions.  Her wearable wristband magnetically recalls the nanoparticles to her wrist veins for instant skin read-outs.  She is constantly monitored by physicians and healthcare companies.  In return,...

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