Monday, May 4, 2015

Choose Privacy Week, May 1 - 7, 2015

image showing various data (debt, time spent on internet, etc.) on a person.
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The theme of this year's Choose Privacy Week is "Who's Reading the Reader?" is a nice homage to "Who watches the Watchmen?" Online privacy is increasingly becoming a bigger and bigger issue, and libraries are doing their best to better inform their communities on best practices. But while libraries are advocating for people to better educate themselves about their digital privacy, libraries themselves are having privacy issues with data. One example of this is when it was discovered in the fall of 2014 that Adobe Digital Editions was collecting data on the habits of readers that use the software.

The American Library Association is having an online forum throughout the Privacy Week, sharing discussions and lectures by professionals in the profession that deal with online privacy. The schedule includes discussions on passwords, discovery services, and creating digital privacy literacy games.

The American Library Association Office of Information Freedom lists several resources and trends related to privacy that are relevant to libraries. It's important that librarians continue to educate not only their communities, but themselves on privacy. Spread the word and talk with each other and with vendors about what data can be accessed and what data is kept confidential.

Written by:
Ryan Claringbole, Public Library Development Team