Privacy Tool Kit

Privacy is essential to the exercise of free speech, free thought, and free association. Lack of privacy and confidentiality chills users' choices, thereby suppressing access to ideas. The possibility of surveillance, whether direct or through access to records of speech, research and exploration, undermines a democratic society.—Privacy: An Interpretation of the Library Bill of Rights

Table of Contents

Revised by the IFC Privacy Subcommittee and approved by the Intellectual Freedom Committee January 2014

Introduction

Privacy and Confidentiality: Library Core Values

Developing or Revising a Privacy Policy

Implementation: A Checklist for Developing Privacy Procedures

Library Privacy Talking Points: Key Messages and Tough Questions

What is ALA Doing

Advocacy at the Local, State, & National Levels

Appendices

Permission is granted to libraries to reproduce the Privacy Tool Kit. Download the updated Privacy Tool kit PDF. Privacy Toolkit version 2005.

If you have questions about library privacy policies or the Privacy Toolkit, please write the Office for Intellectual Freedom at oif@ala.org or call 800-545-2433 ext. 4220.