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Protecting Patron Privacy

American Libraries [May 31, 2016]


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Abstract: Libraries value patron privacy. Yet a scan of current practices reveals uneven activation of the basic technology to secure web-based library systems. Encryption of data presented in online catalogs, discovery services, and other resources is essential to protect privacy. Without encryption, the content that patrons search for, view, or download is easily intercepted. These online streams of communications deserve the same protection granted to circulation records, but few libraries are taking even minimal steps to encrypt this data.

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Publication Year:2016
Type of Material:Article
Language English
Published in: American Libraries
Publication Info:Volume 47 Number 06
Issue:May 31, 2016
Publisher:American Library Association
Place of Publication:Chicago, IL
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Record Number:21670
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Date Created:2016-06-13 16:12:44