9 months ago

The Right to be Forgotten


Photo: “Stacks” by Fly And padlock-with-key

Access and Privacy The digital world has provided new possibilities for access to information than ever before. Information seekers do not have to leave their homes to gain access to digital collections around the world. For institutions, this means they have the opportunity to reach a wider audience by providing online access to their collections whenever possible. However, with this ease of access comes an increasing privacy issue that conflicts with the sharing of and access to digital materials. Just because something can be shared online does not mean that it should be shared. This is not an issue that affects only digital materials, and it is an issue that information institutions have struggled with in the past: determining what to share and what to keep private. The digital world merely takes on this issue on a larger scale. As a main value and belief of libraries, museums, and archives, privacy should be considered when choosing to display the images, documents, and records that have been entrusted to them. This means considering the creator of the works, the people represented in them, and the user who might benefit from accessing these materials. Balancing these concerns is essential in the information profession.

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