Libraries Care About Privacy

privacyLibraries care about your privacy. They really do. It’s one of our core values. It always has been, long before this crazy thing called the internet came along, and long before companies knew just about everything about you, and hackers could expose online users’ personal information.


The San Jose (CA) Public Library has created a Virtual Privacy Lab, “an interactive site that teaches people about online privacy.”

Patrons who use the tool answer a few questions (such as “how do you use social media?”), and the Lab generates a personalized toolkit, including links, tips, and resources specifically for that person. For instance, it might tell you what privacy settings you may want to review or adjust.

One of the goals of the project is to give users the knowledge and courage to use the internet without fear, by presenting the information in a fun way, like playing a game. Take a look—librarian types might want to make available to your users. Non-librarian types might want to just check out your personalized privacy toolkit.

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