The Brief

Privacy is essential to freedom of expression and democracy. The widespread nature of digital technology capable of linking, correlating and aggregating vast amounts of data has led to concern that many citizens are not well informed about how, when and why their data is used and are not able to make empowered decisions or choices in this area.

Public libraries have played an essential role in championing access to information and supporting the development of digital skills. The Carnegie UK Trust is working with the CILIP The Library and Information Association to explore how public libraries can help individuals make informed decisions about their online privacy and security as they seek to maximise the benefits of the online world.

Following a cross-sector and international study trip to New York in order to scope best practice in the area of public libraries and online data privacy, the Trust has developed the following work streams on online data privacy:

  • Evidence review: We have worked with Ipsos MORI Scotland to publish Online Data Privacy from Attitudes to Action, looking at UK public attitudes and behaviour in relation to online data privacy.
  • Sharing learning: The Trust is currently publishing a blog series by study trip participants which reflects key learnings, themes and points of interest from the trip.
  • Privacy toolkit for public libraries: We are working with Newcastle Libraries and Libraries Connected to develop a libraries privacy toolkit and deliver training with staff.

To see the study trip seminar ‘Privacy in a Digital Age’, with acclaimed security technologist Bruce Schneier, please click here.

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