Monday, May 23, 2005
On "closing that pesky privacy gap"
The Naperville Public Library (IL) will be implementing a system of fingerprinting library patrons who want to use an internet computer terminal. The Free Range Librarian provides links to the story as well as some interesting commentary in the form of the Q&A that the library should have provided. So much for libraries standing up for privacy and the freedom of patrons to read what they wish. This is definitely not the way to go. Jessamyn of Librarian.net also writes on the topic of fingerprinting at Naperville, especially insighful is her comment, which goes, "Note the obligatory library pervert tossed in to the article just to make people think that this level of increased security is necessary for some crime-fighting reason." A nice example of fostering hysteria so the masses will just go along without actually questioning what is going on.