Sarah Houghton tells it like it is.
Language occasionally NSFW, but completely appropriate.
Personally, I’m very wibbly on privacy rights. Jenica The Person believes fiercely in the value of an educated and well-informed populace that has a protected right to access information freely and without coercion or monitoring. Jenica The Library Administrator At A State Institution has certain responsibilities to follow the law, whatever the law is. As Sarah points out, sometimes the law says “we respect your privacy”. Sometimes it doesn’t. But either way, I sure as hell don’t believe corporations have a right to track the behavior of the user. We all make choices about that — my Amazon user account, for one, the cookies my web browser plants for another, the entirety of Facebook for a big one — but we’re making our individual choices. When libraries begin offering and endorsing a product — an enticing product — that removes those choices, then we’re treading on uncomfortable ground. I also am seriously unhappy about the idea that there are confidentiality and nondisclosure issues in play — TRANSPARENCY, people. Transparency.
And if you feel you can see your stand more clearly than I do, here’s your call: Join Sarah. Get fucking loud. Don’t go quietly down a road that appears to lead to disaster.