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NYC continues drive to help the public adopt better data privacy practices

NYC is staging its second Library Privacy Week which will see libraries providing hands-on instruction in using digital privacy tools and understanding facial recognition technology.

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New York City is staging its second annual Library Privacy Week
New York City is staging its second annual Library Privacy Week

New York City is staging its second annual Library Privacy Week which will see it run digital privacy workshops to help the public adopt better data privacy practices.

 

Throughout the week beginning 21 October 2019, the Brooklyn Public Library, New York Public Library and Queens Public Library will host 39 workshops that are free and open to the public.

 

Digital privacy tools

 

The workshops are intended to provide hands-on instruction covering topics such as how to use digital privacy tools and understanding facial recognition technology. In addition, they will advise on best practices for safely completing NYC’s 2020 Census. Some workshops will available in Spanish as well as English.

 

“Data privacy is an important right for all New Yorkers, especially given how pervasive digital technologies have become and how much personal information we share online,” said John Paul Farmer, chief technology officer for the city of New York.

 

“Libraries are critical community touchpoints, and we are fortunate to have librarians on the front lines of public education when it comes to protecting our digital rights.”

 

In 2018-19, more than 1,000 library staff members throughout each of the three library systems in all five boroughs received specialised training on online privacy and digital security through the programme.

 

“As technologies evolve and we continue to find new ways to use data to help people access city services, it is vitally important that we educate New Yorkers about privacy,” said Laura Negrón, chief privacy officer for New York City.

 

“As technologies evolve and we continue to find new ways to use data to help people access city services, it is vitally important that we educate New Yorkers about privacy”

 

“In today’s evolving threat landscape, government can play an important role in helping its constituents become safer in their digital lives”, commented Geoff Brown, head of New York City Cyber Command. “And these workshops represent another important step the city has taken to help New Yorkers protect themselves from cyber threats.”

 

Library Privacy Week 2019 is made possible through NYC Digital Safety: Privacy & Security, a project, funded by the Mayor’s Office of the Chief Technology Officer. The initiative works to ensure that NYC residents can rely on public libraries for their questions about internet privacy and security.

 

NYC Digital Safety builds on the Data Privacy Project and leverages resources developed by Library Freedom Project, the Mozilla Foundation, Tactical Tech Collective and the Metro Library Council.

 

All of the materials from NYC Digital Safety: Privacy & Security were created under a creative commons license and are presently available for use by librarians, educators and technologists throughout the world at nycdigitalsafety.org

 

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