Rebooting Library Privacy in the Age of the Network: getting privacy right in 21st century libraries

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2 Responses to “Rebooting Library Privacy in the Age of the Network: getting privacy right in 21st century libraries”

  1. Anonymous says:

    How about getting library rights in 21st century libraries?

    I pay money to be able to borrow books from a local college library, but (surely because of the providers’ terms of service) this does not include access to the library’s e-books. Among recent titles that I would like to read, about half of them are available (at this library) only as e-books, so I can’t read them.

    No Kindle for me!

  2. Ambiguity says:

    I’m on the Board of Trustees of a small public, library, and in general we take privacy very seriously.

    As an example, when the So-Called-Patriot Act was passed, and people started talking about the possibility of the government accessing library records, the first thing the Director did was turn off the feature in the circulation software that kept a record of what books a patron checked out. It had been on by default, but that was no longer acceptable. After all, you can’t give the government something you don’t have.

    (We turn it on at the request of the patron — for example, some older folks like the feature to keep track of the pulp they’ve already read, but it is no longer the default.)

    That’s a big problem with the Internet. Being (largely) advertising based, those records are really the only thing of value that many companies have, so the records accumulate…

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