What Librarians can do to Protect Patron Privacy from Hidden Online Surveillance Part 1

I would like to preface that this post, while library related, is also to fulfill a requirement for a research project thorough the University of Southern Mississippi School of Library and Information Science.

Image courtesy or Mark Smith http://bit.ly/2aoQpgt


That being said, the research that I have been doing pertains to the fact that 

librarians have a professional obligation to protect patron rights to access information free from surveillance. This topic is significant to librarians, and is outlined in the American Library Association Code of Ethics (2008), which states, “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”. This right is in danger with the collection and use of non-personally identifying information through online behavioral tracking. The research, and paper, that I have done will provide a short introduction of behavioral tracking, describe the tools used to collect this information, and offer insight into what can done to identify and limit behavioral tracking.

The next post on this subject will be a list of the information and sources that I have collected during the course of my research.


American Library Association. 2008. Code of Ethics.



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