I am pleased to announce the latest title in Morgan & Claypool’s series on
Information Concepts, Retrieval, and Services:


Framing Privacy in Digital Collections with Ethical Decision Making
Virginia Dressler, Kent State University
Paperback ISBN: 9781681734019
eBook ISBN: 9781681734026

Hardcover ISBN: 9781681734033
August 2018, 108 pages



As digital collections continue to grow, the underlying technologies that
serve up content also continue to expand and develop. As such, new
challenges are presented that continue to test ethical ideologies in the
everyday environs of practitioners. There are currently no solid guidelines
or overarching codes of ethics that address such issues. The digitization of
modern archival collections, in particular, presents interesting conundrums
when factors of privacy are weighed and reviewed in both small- and
mass-digitization initiatives. Ethical decision making needs to be present
from the outset of planning digital projects of all sizes, and we also need
to identify the role and responsibility of the practitioner in making more
virtuous decisions on behalf of those without voices or awareness of
potential privacy breaches.

In this book, notions of what constitutes private information are discussed,
as is the potential presence of such information in both analog and digital
collections. This book lays the groundwork for introducing the topic of
privacy to digital collections by providing some examples from documented
real-world scenarios and making recommendations for future research.

A discussion of the notion of privacy as a concept is included, as well as
some historical perspective (referencing perhaps one of the most cited works
on this topic, Warren and Brandeis' "Right to Privacy," 1890). Concepts from
the Right to Be Forgotten case of 2014 (Google Spain SL, Google Inc. v
Agencia Española de Protección de Datos, Mario Costeja González) are
discussed in terms of how lessons can be drawn from the response in Europe
and also how European data privacy laws have been applied. These European
ideologies are contrasted with the Right to Free Speech codified in the
First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, highlighting the complexities of
setting guidelines and practices revolving around privacy issues when
applied to real-life scenarios. Two ethical theories are explored:
Consequentialism and Deontology. Finally, ethical decision-making models are
also applied to our framework of digital collections. Three case studies are
presented to illustrate how privacy can be defined within digital
collections in some real-world examples.

Table of Contents: Preface / Acknowledgments / Introduction / Framing
Privacy within Digital Collections / Core Ethical Theories and Decision
Making Frameworks / Role of the Practitioner as Active Agent and Notions of
Privacy in Digital Collections / Core Values and Considerations for the
Practitioner / Appendix / Bibliography / Author Biography



Series: Synthesis Lectures on Information Concepts, Retrieval, and Services

Editor: Gary Marchioni, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill


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