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Monitoring Privacy as the Environment Changes
Computers in Libraries - Westport
Subjects: Towns; Personal information; Libraries; Taxes; Environmental monitoring; Privacy; Social networks; Librarians; Library associations; Climate change; Environment
Author: West, Jessamyn
Date: May 2017
Start Page: 12
Pages: 2
Section: Practical Technology
Abstract (Document Summary)

Privacy concerns can come from unusual places. Keeping your own information Pprivate over time can be a challenge. Working out ways to protect patron privacy or help patrons advocate for their own privacy is an evolving landscape for library workers. The American Library Association's Choose Privacy Week is in early May, and the author has selected that as a uniting theme for some privacy-awareness anecdotes. Similar to most towns in Vermont, mine has an annual town meeting. It also publishes a list in the yearly town report of who hasn't paid their taxes. This is considered by some people to be a necessary part of making sure everyone pays their taxes, similar to overdue fees in libraries. Helping users keep their personal information and activities private, and knowing how to effectively do it, is part of making the library an inclusive and safe space. The fight for privacy, online and offline, is taking place everywhere. Make sure you speak up when you see a way that you could help.

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