Along with all sorts of new ways for sharing information, communicating, and working, the Internet continues to open up new challenges and considerations regarding the privacy of information. Several sides of the privacy issue should be considered by librarians. First, consider what personal information about yourself, your family, and your workplace you consider important enough to keep either completely private or viewable to only a specific group. Second, on the instructional side, consider what privacy issues are important to teach library users. Third, in your role as a searcher, consider what information you may now be able to discover about people based on their online presences. While people are wise to avoid posting potentially embarrassing photos or text that could be found by a future employer, not everything remains online. If you do move more of your data and computing activities online, into the cloud, weigh the risks of using programs from a single company as opposed to using multiple sources.
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