January 17, 2022

"ARL Suggests Privacy Oversight for Google Books"

In a post on the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) Policy Notes blog, ARL’s Brandon Butler points out that on Tuesday the association filed comments with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) that suggest the it, “require strong protection for reader privacy in the Google Books service.”

Butler also points out that anyone file comments with the commission but they must be submitted by May 2, 2011. This EPIC web page has a place to leave comments for the FTC.

From the Policy Notes Blog Post:

In its comments to the FTC, ARL points out the privacy concerns libraries and other organizations had raised about the proposed Google Books settlement. While the proposed settlement has been rejected by the court, many of the privacy concerns raised in that context are still relevant to the existing Google Books service. The FTC’s order provides an opportunity to ensure that Google addresses those concerns.

The complete post is available here along with the document filed with the FTC.

About Gary Price

Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.