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Patron Privacy: IS THE TOR BROWSER RIGHT FOR LIBRARY USE?
Computers in Libraries - Westport
Subjects: INFORMATION COMMUNICATION
Author: Bayle, Emma||||||Compoe, Stevyn||||||Ehrick, Rebecca||||||Hubbell, Deanne||||||Lowe, Brooke||||||Ridge, Jennifer
Date: Jul/Aug 2017
Start Page: 10
Pages: 4
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The TOR BROWSER offers libraries an opportunity to protect the privacy and intellectual freedom of their users. However, there are also risks associated with its use. In this paper, we examine and weigh the benefits and risks to libraries associated with making the Tor browser available for their patrons to use to access the internet. The Tor browser is unique in its ability to anonymize its users, and it can be used to protect the identities of people at risk. However, it has also been used to carry out and hide criminal activity and can be vulnerable to malware attacks. We conclude that the Tor browser is a powerful tool for protecting the privacy of patrons that libraries should consider making available, but not without a full awareness of the pitfalls and taking precautions for its shortcomings.

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