Monday, December 21, 2015

NISO Privacy Principles Released

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In 2015 the National Information Standards Organization (NISO) hosted community discussions with librarians, vendors, and publishers to develop a consensus framework to support patron privacy in digital library and information systems, focusing on "better privacy protection into their operations and the subsequent formulations of a framework document on the privacy of patron data in these systems." One of the central issues is finding a better balance between using services that use personal data and respecting users' privacy. The discussions led to the published Consensus Principles on Users' Digital Privacy in Library, Publisher, and Software-Provider Systems.

There are 12 principles that the group listed:
  1. Shared Privacy Responsibilities 
  2. Transparency and Facilitating Privacy Awareness 
  3. Security
  4. Data Collection and Use
  5. Anonymization
  6. Options and Informed Consent
  7. Sharing Data with Others
  8. Notification of Privacy Policies and Practices
  9. Supporting Anonymous Use
  10. Access to One's Own User Data
  11. Continuous Improvement
  12. Accountability 
Description of the principles is in the report. The report states that the 12 principles are a starting point, and encourages everyone involved in library-user services to further the conversation. 


Written by:
Ryan Claringbole, Public Library Development Team