Archive for the 'Privacy' Category

"Privacy by Design and the Online Library Environment"

Posted in Privacy, Research Libraries on November 20th, 2014

Dan Blum has published "Privacy by Design and the Online Library Environment" in Information Standards Quarterly.

Here's an excerpt:

This paper focuses on ways that libraries can incorporate advanced identity management concepts within the Privacy By Design framework to meet their needs as they continue their transition from the brick, mortar, and paper era to an era of mixed physical and digital content. In order to add value over and above what researchers can find with search engines and freely available content on the Internet, libraries must excel at supporting both ordinary knowledge seekers and academic researchers in fulfilling their content-and collaboration-related needs. Increasingly, libraries must support a seamless, personalized, and collaborative experience for diverse audiences across the full lifecycle from content discovery to content delivery while at the same time protecting patrons' privacy and intellectual property prerogatives.

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    Public Perceptions of Privacy and Security in the Post-Snowden Era

    Posted in Privacy on November 13th, 2014

    The Pew Research Center has released Public Perceptions of Privacy and Security in the Post-Snowden Era.

    Here's an excerpt:

    Privacy evokes a constellation of concepts for Americans-some of them tied to traditional notions of civil liberties and some of them driven by concerns about the surveillance of digital communications and the coming era of "big data." While Americans' associations with the topic of privacy are varied, the majority of adults in a new survey by the Pew Research Center feel that their privacy is being challenged along such core dimensions as the security of their personal information and their ability to retain confidentiality.

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      Teens and Mobile Apps Privacy

      Posted in Digital Culture, Privacy on August 23rd, 2013

      The Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project has released Teens and Mobile Apps Privacy.

      Here's an excerpt:

      Here are some of the key findings in a new survey of U.S. teens ages 12-17:

      • 58% of all teens have downloaded apps to their cell phone or tablet computer.
      • 51% of teen apps users have avoided certain apps due to privacy concerns.
      • 26% of teen apps users have uninstalled an app because they learned it was collecting personal information that they didn't wish to share.
      • 46% of teen apps users have turned off location tracking features on their cell phone or in an app because they were worried about the privacy of their information.

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        Riding the Waves or Caught in the Tide? Insights from the IFLA Trend Report

        Posted in Emerging Technologies, Libraries, Privacy, Research Libraries on August 20th, 2013

        IFLA has released Riding the Waves or Caught in the Tide? Insights from the IFLA Trend Report.

        Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

        In the global information environment, time moves quickly and there's an abundance of commentators trying to keep up. With each new technological development, a new report emerges assessing its impact on different sectors of society. The IFLA Trend Report takes a broader approach and identifies five high level trends shaping the information society, spanning access to education, privacy, civic engagement and transformation. Its findings reflect a year's consultation with a range of experts and stakeholders from different disciplines to map broader societal changes occurring, or likely to occur in the information environment.

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          "Private But Eventually Public: Why Copyright in Unpublished Works Matters in the Digital Age"

          Posted in Copyright, Digital Curation & Digital Preservation, Privacy on April 18th, 2013

          Damien McCallig has published "Private But Eventually Public: Why Copyright in Unpublished Works Matters in the Digital Age" in the latest issue of SCRIPTed.

          Here's an excerpt:

          Digital life is no longer only concerned with online communication between living individuals; it now encompasses post-death phenomena of inheritance, legacy, mourning and further uses of our digital remains. Scholars and practitioners seeking an appropriate legal theory to claim, control and recover the digital remains of the dead and protect post-mortem privacy interests have identified copyright as a possible surrogate.

          This article explores the links between copyright and privacy in unpublished works. It charts the historical development of perpetual copyright protection in unpublished works, reviews the reasons why perpetual protection for unpublished works has been abolished and analyses some of the privacy impacts of these changes. It argues that without perpetual copyright protection and the surrogate privacy protections in unpublished works, the fear that one's digital remains will eventually be opened to societal scrutiny may lead to the fettering of personal and private communication, while alive, and may promote the deletion of one's digital remains in contemplation of death.

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            The Right to Be Forgotten—Between Expectations and Practice

            Posted in Privacy, Reports and White Papers on December 10th, 2012

            The European Network and Information Security Agency has released The Right to Be Forgotten—Between Expectations and Practice.

            Here's an excerpt:

            The right to be forgotten is included in the proposed regulation on data protection published by the European Commission in January 20121. The regulation is still to be adopted by the European Parliament for entering into force. The different legal aspects of the right to be forgotten (i.e. right to erasure or right to oblivion) have been debated in different contexts and are beyond the scope of this paper. With this paper we aim to cover other facets of the right to be forgotten. We focus on the technical means to enforce or support the right in information systems; as can be seen from this paper, there are technical limitations and there is a further need for clear definitions and legal clarifications.

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              "Who’s Tracking Your Reading Habits? An E-Book Buyer’s Guide to Privacy, 2012 Edition"

              Posted in E-Books, Privacy, Publishing, Reports and White Papers on November 30th, 2012

              The EFF has released "Who's Tracking Your Reading Habits? An E-Book Buyer's Guide to Privacy, 2012 Edition."

              Here's an excerpt:

              As we've done since 2009, again we've taken some of the most popular e-book platforms and combed through their privacy policies for answers to common privacy questions that users deserve to know. In many cases, these answers were frustratingly vague and long-winded. In nearly all cases, reading e-books means giving up more privacy than browsing through a physical bookstore or library, or reading a paper book in your own home. Here, we've examined the policies of Google Books, Amazon Kindle, Barnes & Noble Nook, Kobo, Sony, Overdrive, Indiebound, Internet Archive, and Adobe Content Server for answers to the following questions:

              • Can they keep track of searches for books?
              • Can they monitor what you're reading and how you're reading it after purchase and link that information back to you? Can they do that when the e-book is obtained elsewhere?
              • What compatibility does the device have with books not purchased from an associated eBook store?
              • Do they keep a record of book purchases? Can they track book purchases or acquisitions made from other sources?
              • With whom can they share the information collected in non-aggregated form?
              • Do they have mechanisms for customers to access, correct, or delete the information?
              • Can they share information outside the company without the customer's consent?

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                "The Web Privacy Census," June 2012

                Posted in Privacy on June 27th, 2012

                The Berkeley Center for Law and Technology has released "The Web Privacy Census," June 2012.

                Here's an excerpt:

                In this report, we discuss the results of a crawl conducted on 5/17/12. We found cookies on all popular websites (by "popular websites," we mean the top 100 most popular according to Quantcast). We conduct two different crawls—a shallow one where our test browser just visits the homepage of a site, and a deep crawl where our browser visits six links on a site. Our shallow crawl of the 25,000 most popular sites revealed that 87% have cookies (24% first, 76% third), 9% had HTML5 storage objects, and less than .0001% had flash cookies. Twenty-five percent of cookies include names such as "UID" and "GUID", suggesting that they are used for uniquely identifying users. Overall, we found that flash cookie usage is dropping and HTML5 storage use is rising and at least one tracker is using HTML5 local storage to hold unique identifiers from third party cookies.

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