Balancing privacy and access to information
CILIP will be hosting a brand new Privacy Briefing in 2017 focusing on the ethics and principles affecting library and information professionals.
There is increasing anxiety in information work about the tension between the freedom of access to information and the right of an individual to privacy concerning personal data, as well as the role of the information professional in defending people’s right to seek out and access different kinds of information. Recent legislation has not clarified that tension. The impact of technology and the ease with which data is now generated, stored, processed and published means we, as information professionals must be even more vigilant about protecting the interests of the users.
Finding the balance between user privacy and the need to have access to information is not simple. This Briefing seeks to address some of the areas of concern, as well as assist information professionals in understanding the basic principles of user privacy and to reflect on their own practice as well as those of their employing organisation.