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In digital age, privacy remains a priority for Erie County libraries

“Patrons of Erie County’s public libraries have new tools at their disposal to better track their reading habits and manage their accounts. The software is called Polaris, and it went live early this year.But anyone who attempted to access some of the new features for the first time throughout January – such as saved title lists, saved searches, and borrowing histories – received the following message: “The feature you have selected is associated with personal data in your patron account. Such data may be accessed by law enforcement personnel without your consent. Do you wish to continue?”That message has since been amended for clarity. Mary Rennie, executive director of the Erie County Public Library, said law enforcement officials need a warrant to access the data, and that the library rarely gets requests for such records.” (via Go Erie)

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