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Guarding privacy

In CILIP on March 18, 2010 by africker Tagged: , ,

CILIP have published a guideline on User privacy in libraries.

This is a very helpful document and just the kind of thing I would expect CILIP to produce.   It is well illustrated with examples and further reading material is linked appropriately.

It would have been nice to see the document embrace a wider audience.  This is one of those times when I think we need to either drop “Library” or broaden the title by adding more terms.

It would be great to build on this to create advice tailored to internet users more generally about their personal data and privacy online.

Issues around privacy of this type arise frequently in the news (though generally beyond the walls of a library) and it is to be hoped that CILIP can provide some responsible and sensible comment on these stories.  This would help raise the profile of the profession and the expertise we offer.

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