During 2015-2016, the Intellectual Freedom Committee approved several new privacy guidelines intended to assist librarians, libraries, schools and vendors to develop best practices for online privacy and data management and security. These include:
- Library Privacy Guidelines for Assistive Technology
- Library Privacy Guidelines for Vendors
- Library Privacy Guidelines for Data Exchange Between Networked Devices and Services
- Library Privacy Guidelines for Public Access Computers and Networks
- Library Privacy Guidelines for Library Websites, OPACs, and Discovery Services
- Library Privacy Guidelines for Library Management Systems
- Library Privacy Guidelines for Students in K-12 Schools
These guidelines attempt to balance the need to protect reader privacy with the needs of libraries to collect user data and provide personalized services, while respecting and protecting the individual's right to make their own informed decisions in regards to how much privacy they are willing to trade for convenience or added benefits. The Library Privacy Checklists, drafted by the IFC Privacy Subcommittee and the LITA Patron Privacy Interest Group, are intended to provide libraries of all types with practical guidance on implementing the Guidelines.
The IFC Privacy Subcommittee welcomes comments and suggestions for improvement. Correspondence concerning the guidelines can be sent to Deborah Caldwell Stone (email@example.com), staff liaison for the Privacy Subcommittee.