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UKY Library Books about Privacy

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I Know Who You Are and I Saw What You Did - Lori Andrews
Call Number: HM851 .A66 2012
A leading specialist on social networks writes a shocking exposé of the widespread misuse of our personal online data and creates a Constitution for the web to protect us. Social networks are the defining cultural movement of our time. What Andrews proposes is a Constitution for the web, to extend our rights to this wild new frontier. This vitally important book will generate a storm of attention.

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On Privacy - Annabelle Lever
Call Number: JC596 .L49 2012
This book explores the Janus-faced features of privacy, and looks at their implications for the control of personal information, for sexual and reproductive freedom, and for democratic politics. Above all, the book seeks to understand whether and, if so, why privacy is valuable in a democratic society, and what implications privacy has for the ways we see and treat each other.

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Privacy - Garret Keizer
Call Number: BF637.P74 K448 2012
The threshold between privacy and exposure becomes more permeable by the minute. But what happens to our private selves when we cannot escape scrutiny, and to our public personas when they pass from our control?
Instead, he locates privacy in the human capacity for resistance and in the sustainable society "with liberty and justice for all."

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Understanding Privacy - Daniel J. Solove
Call Number: BF637.P74 S65 2008
Privacy is one of the most important concepts of our time, yet it is also one of the most elusive.In this concise and lucid book, Daniel J. Solove offers a comprehensive overview of the difficulties involved in discussions of privacy and ultimately provides a provocative resolution.



Privacy – is the state or condition of being alone, undisturbed, or free from public attention, as a matter of choice or right; seclusion; freedom from interference or intrusion.

Privacy policy – is aimed at library patrons, the policy describes what types of personally identifiable information the library collects, how it used, who has access to the information, how long it is retained before expunging, and what recourse patrons have if they feel their privacy has been compromised. The policy should be adopted by the library’s governing board and posted publicly for patrons.

Privacy policy (website)-  is a website’s written statement describing data collection, use, and security of the data.


Why Privacy Matters

Privacy enables us to give meaning to utterances and objects which, taken objectively, have no special value, just as it enables us to distinguish and give meaning to relationships and associations which reflect our different likes and dislikes, our different interests and, therefore, our particularity as people.

Privacy protections for confidentiality and for intimate, as well as political, expression are important, enabling people to develop their moral and political capacities, including their sense of themselves as individuals, and as members of a potentially infinite number of different groups.

Lever, A. (2012). On privacy. New York: Routledge. Location - W T Young Library Call # JC596 .L49 2012  


Guide Creator, Twanna Hodge

This Privacy Research Guide was created by Twanna Hodge, an ARL Career Enhancement Fellow at the University of Kentucky Libraries during the summer of 2014.

The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) CEP program is funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and ARL member libraries. More information may be found at the ARL CEP website.


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