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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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Libraries and archives fear Feds may press them for more user data

“Chalk up another group concerned about privacy and data security issues: libraries and archives.This week, the San Francisco-based Internet Archive announced a drive to raise $5 million to set up a mirror repository of the entire internet and place it in Canada for safety.It turns out the nonprofit Internet Archive isn’t alone in taking action.” (via The Kansas City Star)

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BROWSE FREE OR DIE? NEW HAMPSHIRE LIBRARY IS AT PRIVACY FORE

“A small library in New Hampshire sits at the forefront of global efforts to promote privacy and fight government surveillance – to the consternation of law enforcement.The Kilton Public Library in Lebanon, a city of 13,000, last year became the nation’s first library to use Tor, software that masks the location and identity of internet users, in a pilot project initiated by the Cambridge, Massachusetts-based Library Freedom Project. Users the world over can – and do – have their searches randomly routed through the library.” (via The Associated Press)

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Japan librarians cry foul over leaked Murakami reading list

“A war of words has erupted between privacy-advocating librarians and a newspaper after it published a snapshot of the high-school reading habits of Japan’s foremost literary son Haruki Murakami. Leaked library borrowing cards from half a century ago revealed the teenage Murakami — nowadays a perennial contender for the Nobel literature prize — checked out several titles by French writer Joseph Kessel. But the Japan Library Association on Monday lashed out at what it said was an invasion of the publicity-shy writer’s privacy.” (via Yahoo)

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Citing Right To Privacy, New Hampshire Library Offers Untraceable Web Browsing

“If you use the Internet or carry a smartphone — and let’s face it, that’s almost everyone who’s not off the grid — you probably already know that companies are tracking our movements. Apps track where we shop, the items we search for, and where we like to travel. Companies are gathering as much data as they can, in large part to come up with more effective ads to sell us more stuff, or in the case of the government, to track suspicious activity. In today’s world even your television can track your viewing behavior and send personalized ads to your mobile phone. But at least one local library has been fighting back and taking a stand for personal privacy.” (via Vermont Public Radio)

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