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IFLA-ICA Statement on Privacy Legislation and Archiving

​A new IFLA-ICA statement underlines the need to consider the importance of archiving – and the skills of those managing archival collections – when passing privacy legislation. The emergence of a new, tougher, generation of privacy laws around the world is a welcome step towards protecting the… Read More

  • Publications
  • 04 March 2020

IFLA Secretary-General Welcomes Naming of Michelle Bachelet as Human Rights Commissioner

Defending, promoting and respecting human rights is fundamental for libraries. IFLA strongly supports the work of the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights to identify and criticise abuses at the highest level. The naming of Michelle Bachelet to the role of High Commissioner offers hope that the pressure for improvement will grow stronger in years to come. Read More

  • News
  • 22 August 2018
  • By: anonymous

Internet for People: IFLA signs onto joint letter to G20 Presidency

IFLA has added its name to a letter to Mauricio Macri, President of Argentina and host of the G20 – a gathering of the governments of the world’s biggest economies. The letter sets out a number of areas where policy-makers should act to ensure the Internet works, first and foremost, for its users. Read More

  • News
  • 17 June 2018
  • By: anonymous

Data Protection in the EU: What Does it Mean for Libraries? (briefing)

The EU’s new data protection rules come into force in less than a year, with strong penalties for organisations that do not comply. While libraries are committed to respecting their users’ interests, it will be vital to ensure that practices and procedures conform with the law. This briefing… Read More

  • Publications
  • 03 August 2017

Don’t Forget the Library Voice in the Right to Be Forgotten: Libraries Engage in Chile

The Internet has made information easier to share and access than ever before. As long as links remain live, it also means that age is not a barrier to discovery, with search engines able to sort through billions of pages in order to highlight results. This possibility makes a major contribution to the usability of the Internet. At the same time, there have been growing concerns about how easy it can be to discover information that people, for a variety of reasons may wish to consign to history. Read More

  • News
  • 08 June 2017
  • By: anonymous

Protecting Your Privacy? Go to the Library! IFLA Attends RightsCon 2017

Libraries have always worked to help people navigate the information environment. In a digital world, access to information and freedom of expression relies on privacy. Libraries have both the responsibility to protect this in their own operations, and the opportunity to help their users benefit from their right to a private life. At its first appearance at RightsCon, IFLA set out what libraries are doing in the field. Read More

  • News
  • 05 May 2017
  • By: anonymous

Liberty in the Library – FAIFE Network Launches

Libraries are increasingly places not just for reading, but also for creating and sharing. They are guardians of free access to information and free expression – two values which are inseparable from each other. Yet in the Internet Age, new possibilities may be compromised by a sense of insecurity and loss of privacy online. Libraries aim to find a way to overcome this apparent trade-off. The new FAIFE Network offers a forum for discussion on how to do this. Read More

  • News
  • 29 November 2016
  • By: anonymous