Practical Privacy Practices

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Voices For Privacy Blog

Privacy News & Views – April 8-14

Posted by on April 20, 2017 in Broadband privacy, Encryption, government surveillance, Legislation, libraries, News and Updates, Privacy and New Technologies, Privacy Awareness, Privacy Education, Programming, student data privacvy, Student privacy | 0 comments

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 Congress can provide stronger privacy protections | The Hill

Libraries and Privacy Literacy

Recorded Webinar:  Choose Privacy Week 2017: Practical Privacy Practices (April 13, 2017)

ICYMI:  Recorded Webinar: Privacy Literacy at Your Library | Webjunction

Western librarians publish first-ever online privacy guide by a Canadian university library| The Western University Gazette

Libraries, Surveillance, and Privacy

Bill banning bathroom cameras in government buildings gets Iowa Senate OK| Des Moines Register (IA)

Protest the proposed ban of restroom cameras in public libraries | Iowa City Press Citizen

Broadband Privacy

Line-by-line, We Corrected the Record on Broadband Privacy and Net Neutrality | Public Knowledge

EU to US: Undoing Broadband Privacy Signals U.S. Is Not Serious About Privacy Protections | Public Knowledge

Anonymity and Encryption

Suing to see the Feds’ encrypted messages? Good luck | Wired

Privacy News & Views – April 1- 7

Posted by on April 10, 2017 in Broadband privacy, Legislation, libraries, News and Updates, Student privacy, surveillance | 0 comments

Reminder:  Free ALA Webinar: Practical Privacy Practices on April 13th

Broadband Privacy Rules

Student Privacy

Anonymity and Free Speech

Surveillance and Civil Liberties

Libraries and Privacy

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

Posted by on April 6, 2017 in Choose Privacy Week, cybersecurity, Encryption, libraries, Privacy and Security, Privacy Education, Protecting Privacy | 0 comments

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. Central/12:00 pm Mountain and 11:00 a.m. Pacific.  Featuring three experienced technical services librarians, the webinar will outline three actionable steps your library can take today to improve your users’ privacy:

  • How to configure and manage the integrated library system
  • How to install free HTTPS certificates on your websites using Let’s Encrypt
  • How to provide anonymous web browsing using TOR and other tools

Our featured speakers include:

Michael Robinson, Chair of the ALA’s Intellectual Freedom Privacy Subcommittee and Head of Systems at the Consortium Library at the University of Alaska Anchorage. He has worked with technology in academic, public, and special libraries and is keenly interested how libraries use technology to provide access to information and services to users.

Marshall Breeding, an independent consultant, speaker, and author. He is the creator and editor of Library Technology Guides and the online directory of libraries on the Web. His monthly column Systems Librarian appears in Computers in Libraries; he is the Editor for Smart Libraries Newsletter published by the American Library Association, and has authored the annual Library Systems Report published by American Libraries since 2014. Breeding was the 2010 recipient of the LITA LITA/Library Hi Tech Award for Outstanding Communication for Continuing Education in Library and Information Science. Read his Guideposts blog on Library Technology Guides at:

Alison Macrina, a librarian, internet activist, the founder and director of the Library Freedom Project, and a core contributor to The Tor Project. Alison is passionate about connecting surveillance issues to larger global struggles for justice, demystifying privacy and security technologies for ordinary users, and resisting an internet controlled by a handful of intelligence agencies and giant multinational corporations.

The webinar is co-sponsored by the Office for Intellectual Freedom and the IFC Privacy Subcommittee.  Registration and access to the recorded presentation is FREE.   Register by completing the webinar registration form.  Full details about the webinar are available at the Office for Intellectual Freedom’s online learning web page.

Choose Privacy Week is the American Library Association’s annual, week-long event  that promotes the importance of individual privacy rights and celebrates libraries and librarians’ unique role in protecting privacy in the library and in society as a whole.