University Libraries Publications

Title

Final Report

Publication Title

American Library Association's Task Force on Privacy and Confidentiality in the Electronic Environment

Publication Date

7-7-2000

Document Type

Conference Proceeding

Keywords

American Library Association's Task Force on Privacy and Confidentiality in the Electronic Environment

Disciplines

Library and Information Science

Abstract

At the American Library Association Conference in New Orleans in 1999, ALA Council resolved that the Library and Information Technology Association be asked to examine the impact of new technologies on patron privacy and the confidentiality of electronic records. The Taskforce on Privacy and Confidentiality in the Electronic Environment was formed at the ALA Midwinter Conference with broad participation from across ALA.

The Task Force decided to focus on identifying the applicable technologies, describing these and their possible impacts. The group did not see policy development as part of the charge. Because the Association has always taken a strong stand on patron privacy, and considering that there are already a number of privacy policy statements promulgated by the Association, the Task Force believes that reaffirmation, reinforcement, and repetition of previous stands may be adequate. Additional information and policy dissemination efforts may help to communicate the Association’s concerns more broadly.