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Privacy : What is Privacy?

UKY Library Books about Privacy


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.