December 11, 2017

Library Freedom Project Reports 20 Organizations Have Endorsed the Library Digital Privacy Pledge

Kudos to Alison Macrina and Eric Hellman for their leadership and the 20 organizations for making the endorsement.

Details about how to add your organization to the list of organizations are linked below.

The Library Freedom Project received a 2015 Knight Foundation Library Challenge grant last year.

From Today’s Library Freedom Project Announcement:

2016-06-24_15-33-2220 Organizations-libraries, publishers, library vendors, and library organizations have endorsed the Library Freedom Project’s “Library Digital Privacy Pledge”. These organizations are improving privacy for library users by implementing secure protocols on their web services and asking partners to do likewise.

Websites that do not use secure protocols, such as HTTPS, expose their users to surveillance and intrusion in the network. A wifi or cellphone user who connects to an insecure library or publisher website makes every click visible to the wifi or cellphone provider, others connected to the same network. Content can be inspected and altered by every node participating in the user’s connection. The resulting lack of privacy and security can is incompatible with the ethics and values of libraries. In the past few years, while Google, Facebook, Amazon, and the United States federal government have worked to implement HTTPS on all their web sites; the Let’s Encrypt certificate authority has made secure infrastructure available to even the smallest web site.

“It isn’t always easy to assure privacy and security in a website. The efforts made by these 20 organizations are worthy of recognition, and I hope that more organizations will step up to the challenge.” said Eric Hellman, a Library Freedom Project volunteer and organizer of the Pledge.

“Libraries have been committed to intellectual freedom and privacy for decades.” said Alison Macrina, Founder and Director of the Library Freedom Project. “Libraries serve a diverse audience; some of these patrons are part of vulnerable groups, like domestic violence survivors, racial and ethnic minorities, and LGBTQ communities. They deserve the privacy and security afforded by HTTPS library connections”.

Endorsers of the Library Digital Privacy Pledge to date are:

Council on Library and Information Resources
Digital Library Federation
Digital Public Library of America
Metropolitan New York Library Council
New York Library Association
Lebanon Public Libraries
Millis Public Library
Ottawa Public Library | Bibliothèque publique d’Ottawa
San Rafael Public Library
Bielefeld University Library
University of California at Davis
Auto-Graphics, Inc
Directory of Open Access Journals
Equinox Software, Inc.
Internet Archive
JSTOR
Odilo, LLC
Open Library of Humanities
Total Boox
Unglue.it

To add your organization to the list (published at https://libraryfreedomproject.org/ourwork/digitalprivacypledge/library-privacy-pledge-endorsements/ ) or get more information, email the Library Freedom Project at pledge(at)libraryfreedomproject(dot)org.

Background

Full Text: The Library Digital Privacy Pledge ||| FAQ

97% Of Research Library Searches Leak Privacy… And Other Disappointing Statistics (via Eric Hellman’s Go To Hellman Blog)

Audio: Alison Macrina Interviewed on WBUR Boston, “What Privacy Rights Do You Have At The Library?” (May 18, 2015)

Video: Recipients of Knight News Challenge for Libraries Provide Updates at ALA Midwinter Meeting 2016

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