“We protect each library user’s right to privacy and confidentiality with respect to information sought or received and resources consulted, borrowed, acquired or transmitted.”
-American Library Association Code of Ethics
May 1-7 is Choose Privacy Week. The name says it all, but you can refresh your memory of Choose Privacy Week with our blog post from last year.
Once again, ChoosePrivacyWeek.org has great information, and we have a display up on the table across from the circulation desk. There are plenty of myths around the topic, and we debunk some of them for you here. For example:
MYTH: Online services are totally free.
TRUTH: Many ostensibly free online services are paid for by advertising that relies on the collection of your personal information, including tracking your information searches.
Here are a few useful tip sheets:
There are also plenty of books on the topics of privacy and technology, surveillance and social media. We’ve been putting them out on the display table, but they disappear fast, so we’ve provided links here to the library catalog:
- Privacy in the Age of Big Data by Theresa Payton, 2014
- It’s Complicated: the social lives of networked teens by danah boyd, 2014
- The Snowden Files: the inside story of the world’s most wanted man by Luke Harding, 2014
- Privacy by Garret Keizer, 2012
- Inside WikiLeaks by Daniel Domscheit-Berg, 2011 (see also The Fifth Estate)
- Born Digital by John Palfrey and Urs Gasser, 2008
- Crypto: how the code rebels beat the government – saving privacy in the digital age by Steven Levy, 2001
- The End of Privacy: how total surveillance is becoming a reality by Reg Whitaker, 1999
This is just a start. Do you have a favorite book (or other resource) on the topic of privacy? Please share it in the comments.