January 19, 2003

Libraries and another reason for conflict of privacy vs. censorware

There was an interesting article in Wired news : (I saw it from LISnews):

Librarians Split on Sharing Info

" The survey (PDF) of 906 libraries by the Library Research Center at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign found that in the year following the Sept. 11 attacks, federal and local law enforcement agents visited at least 545 libraries to inquire after patrons' records."

"When asked to voluntarily forfeit patrons' records, roughly half the librarians cooperated with investigators without demanding a subpoena or court order, the study found."

Now, suppose someone wanted to use a privacy-protecting website so as not to be monitored? Well, think about this in terms of:
BESS's Secret LOOPHOLE: (censorware vs. privacy & anonymity) - a secret category of BESS (N2H2), and more about why censorware must blacklist privacy, anonymity, and translators

By Seth Finkelstein | posted in censorware | on January 19, 2003 11:57 PM (Infothought permalink) | Followups
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