Tag Archives: privacy

Over 400 of the world’s most popular websites record your every keystroke, Princeton researchers find

“Session replay scripts” can be used to log (and then playback) everything you typed or clicked on a website. (20 November 2017) Most people who’ve spent time on the internet have some understanding that many websites log their visits and keep record of what pages they’ve looked at. When you search for a pair of […]


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New Library Privacy Guidelines offer strategies for protecting patron data in the digital environment

(1 August 2016, Chicago) The American Library Association’s Intellectual Freedom Committee has approved four new library privacy guidelines that outline strategies and best practices for protecting patron privacy in the digital environment. The guidelines address online privacy and data security and are intended to assist librarians, libraries, schools and vendors in developing policies and procedures that […]


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Librarians in uproar after borrowing record of Haruki Murakami is leaked

Books the celebrated Japanese author borrowed from a library in Kobe when he was a schoolboy have been revealed by a newspaper (2 December 2015) The Kobe Shimbun revealed Murakami’s reading habits of half a century ago after obtaining the cards from the school’s library that carried borrower entries under the author’s name, Japanese media […]


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ALA welcomes Adobe action; greater attention to reader privacy concerns

(27 October 2014) Today, Carolyn Anthony and Erika Linke, co-chairs of the American Library Association (ALA) Digital Content Working Group (DCWG), released the following statement regarding the Adobe Digital Editions (ADE) software update: “Librarians have long been guardians of and advocates for reader privacy. The plain text transmission of reader data by Adobe Digital Editions […]


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Librarians question latest version of Adobe Digital Editions

(8 October 2014)  Galen Charlton in his Meta Interchange blog has written that “It came to light on Monday that the latest version of Adobe Digital Editions is sending metadata on eBooks that are read through the application to an Adobe server — in clear text.” He says that “by sending the information in the […]


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