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The resources in this guide help librarians to educate themselves on all aspect of privacy related to libraries

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Welcome to the Privacy Guide for Librarians

Protecting user privacy and confidentiality has long been an integral part of the mission of libraries. The ALA has affirmed a right to privacy since 1939. Existing ALA policies affirm that confidentiality is crucial to freedom of inquiry. Rights to privacy and confidentiality also are implicit in the Library Bill of Rights’ guarantee of free access to library resources for all users.

This guide will help academic, public librarians as well as information professionals to navigate the privacy maze.
Our understanding of the term privacy includes online, digital, information, mobile and data privacy. 
We selected:

  • Multimedia Resources
  • Internet Resources
  • Books 
  • Articles
  • Glossary
  • Outreach Material
  • Toolkit 

We hope you will enjoy learning about this important topic.

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CUNY Privacy Policy

CUNY has two different kinds of policy on privacy.

  1. One is pertaining to the website:
    It states "The City University of New York (CUNY) is committed to respecting your privacy. As an unregistered user, you can visit most of without revealing any personal information. However, in order to personalize your view of our site and gain access to certain information systems, you must register and provide some personal information. We do not collect any personal information about you unless you provide that information voluntarily. Any personal information you choose to provide us will only be used by CUNY to conduct official CUNY business. CUNY does not sell, rent, loan, trade or lease personal information collected on this site. " (from CUNY's privacy policy website)
  2. The other one pertaining to Computer Use
    CUNY’s computer resources are dedicated to the support of the University’s mission of education, research and public service. In furtherance of this mission, CUNY respects, upholds and endeavors to safeguard the principles of academic freedom, freedom of expression and freedom of inquiry. ‚Äč