Privacy Toolkit

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What is ALA Doing

The American Library Association:

  • creates and updates policies and procedures about privacy and confidentiality. See Privacy and Confidentiality
  • represents libraries in federal policy making and court proceedings.
  • develops tools to help libraries ensure privacy and confidentiality for all users and staff.
  • works with other organizations concerned with free expression and privacy concerns.  See First Amendment Advocates
  • monitors developments in the privacy arena.
  • assists libraries with legal action.
  • provides guidance and other assistance when library privacy is challenged.
  • advocates for the publics rights to access information, enjoy free expression, and privacy.
  • provides specific guidance related to the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act.  See  Bureau of Consumer Protection: Children’s Privacy
  • advocates through its divisions—AASL, ALSC, and YALSA— for privacy of minors in their position statements, publications, and online presence.
  • Sponsors the annual Choose Privacy Week observation during the first week in May.

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