Libraries Act to Protect Patron Records

by Sabrina I. Pacifici on April 15, 2003

Public libraries across the country continue to pro-actively protect patron privacy using various straight-forward methods. In and around Chicago, libraries have recently posted signs informing visitors that their reading habits, and web sites visited from library PCs, are subject to tracking. “We want our patrons to be aware we could be forced to turn these items over,” said library director Carolyn Anthony, explaining why the warning signs appeared last week at checkout counters and computer stations.” The Schaumburg Township District Library is deleting patron computer logs. See also a recent posting on how other public libraries from coast to coast are responding to patron surveillance.

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