Thursday, December 1, 2016

Digital Privacy and Public Libraries

People are more concerned about their digital privacy, but often do not know what the best resources are to help protect their privacy. Public libraries are a place that can offer to either share resources or host programs that go over the importance of digital privacy and the resources available. Patrons' digital privacy does not just come from tips and resources to help them manage their own accounts and networks, but also when they are using their library to go online.

Here are just a few resources available for you to read and/or share:

Data Privacy Project ( -  This link goes to the Mapping Data Flows page of the Data Privacy Project, a website dedicated to helping libraries and communities prepare for the "challenges of always-on, digitally networked, and easily surveilled lifestyles." The Mapping Data Flows page gives an illustrated look at what happens when a patron signs on to an internet computer in the library.

Security in a Box ( - Online toolkit developed to share resources on digital security for activists. The page linked is one of many, focusing on steps on basic security for Windows.

Library Freedom Project ( - The Library Freedom Project is a Knight News Challenge-funded project to partner libraries, technologists, and privacy advocates to help share information on privacy rights and responsibilities. The page linked above consists of dozens of resources on privacy for libraries.

There is also the National Information Standards Organization's (NISO) Privacy Principles on User's Digital Privacy in Library, Publisher, and Software-Provider Systems (

Does your library provide any programs or resources on digital privacy to your patrons? Please share your comments and other resources you recommend on digital privacy over on the WI Public Library Technology Google Community.

Written by:
Ryan Claringbole, Public Library Development Team