Big Data is Watching You!

Choose Privacy Week's (CPW) 2018 theme is "Big Data is Watching You"

"Privacy is essential to the exercise of free speech, free thought, and free association."- Privacy: an Interpretation of the Library Bill of Rights

In the aftermath of Facebook’s Cambridge Analytica data scandal and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s testimony before Congress, this year's CPW theme of Big Data is Watching You is well-timed. We have now hopefully heard the wake-up call about the pitfalls of “big data” and its impact on our privacy. "Big data" analytics poses new threats to everyone's right to privacy, especially as we rely more on (and spend more time using) mobile technology and social media. Our data is being collected, stored, shared, used and sometimes unfortunately misused.

CPW annually promotes the importance of individual privacy rights and celebrates libraries and librarians' unique role in protecting privacy. The American Library Association's Intellectual Freedom Committee and its Privacy Subcommittee have curated some resource lists that you might want to check out:

Tools to Protect User Privacy

Student & Minors Privacy