Every year, the American Library Association’s Office for Intellectual Freedom wants the public to learn more about their privacy rights. In the wake of the Internet, social media and our lives in the digital sector, things can easily get messy and unhinged. Choose Privacy Week is the time to research, learn and protect yourself against cyber threats.
Choose Privacy Week Explained
Beyond providing an amazing array of free resources, your local library also educates the public. Since 2010, the first week in May has been designated Choose Privacy Week. Watch this video to learn more about digital freedoms, surveillance and the importance of consumer education.
Libraries have become increasingly digital in their resources as well as providing Internet access to the public. This week acknowledges the importance of a person’s ability to access information without any infringement on their rights. Here is a statement from the ALA about Choose Privacy Week:
Choose Privacy Week is the American Library Association’s annual, week-long event that promotes the importance of individual privacy rights and celebrates libraries and librarians’ unique role in protecting privacy in the library and in society as a whole. The initiative encourages libraries to be champions of privacy rights in the digital age and highlights ways libraries can protect the privacy of their patrons and educate persons to think critically and make informed choices about their privacy.
Similarly, take some time this week to secure your Internet and digital presence to avoid identity theft. Using strong passwords, avoiding strange and unsecured websites among other steps can help you and your finances stay safe. One possible consequence of identity theft is credit card debt.