Respecting privacy

"Freedom of access to information and freedom of expression, as expressed in Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, are essential concepts for the library and information profession. Privacy is integral to ensuring these rights."
IFLA Statement on Privacy in the Library Environment

The control of our personal information has been radically transformed by the internet. Revelations about the practices of large internet companies, data leaks and hacks, and the practises of national security services have raised awareness about the challenges and conflicting interests of digital privacy. 

As a profession we believe that without respect for our privacy intellectual freedom will be undermined. People must be free to access and use information and to express their ideas without fear of reprisal.

Library and information professionals are experts at managing information and are committed to respecting the confidentiality and privacy of their users. Library and information professionals are becoming more proactive in educating their users about how they can protect their personal data and access information with anonymity.