Library Professor Researches Internet Privacy


Are you leaving a data trail? What information is being stored about your online research habits?

Associate Library Professor Trina Magi’s sabbatical research on internet privacy is featured in an August 23rd issue of the Burlington Free Press. Magi researched privacy policies at twenty-seven database vendors, such as JSTOR and LexisNexis, which academic libraries use to provide access to scholarly articles.

As database companies provide new “web 2.0” interfaces that allow for more personalization and sharing, questions are being raised about what happens to information about individual’s research patterns. “The problem is that now the vendor becomes a repository for all these people and their reading and research interests,” Magi says. Her findings will appear in a forthcoming issue of College and Research Libraries.

Read Magi’s “A Content Analysis of Library Vendor Privacy Policies: Do They Meet Our Standards?” in pre-print edition.