Do Academic Libraries Protect Privacy in the Digital Age?
The library profession has a long history of safeguarding user privacy, but how well do academic libraries protect privacy in the digital age? A recent study funded by IMLS and conducted by Montana State University and the University of New Mexico audited the websites of 279 academic libraries. They tested websites for the presence and effective use of secure hypertext transfer protocol, the presence of Google analytics tracking protocol, and whether libraries have implemented the privacy features that are available in Google analytics. The results of the study demonstrate conclusively that academic libraries must do more to ensure user privacy.
This podcast discusses these issues and the written script is included.