It was great to hear from Jessie Rossman today about our privacy rights and some recent privacy-related victories in court. We don’t get victories that often!
Our readings this week focus on a few things: some of the work that the ACLU has done/is doing around privacy (you can skim that link just to get an idea of what they’re up to), the current and historical inequities in applying those rights (it’s a review of two books we’ve discussed here somewhat – Automating Inequality and The Poverty of Privacy Rights, both of which are on our reading list on github, both of which I highly recommend picking up when you have the time!), a set of recommendations from EFF about what librarians can do to protect privacy in our spaces (Jessie covered a lot of these same points!), and an ALA resource about state privacy laws regarding library records. Here are the discussion questions I’d like us to think about:
- How are your communities affected by the loss of privacy rights?
- How is your library equipped to enforce privacy rights?
- How does your state fare with regard to library privacy law? Does it seem like your local laws are sufficient to protect patrons?