Vendors and Privacy
Vendors help libraries serve users by providing critical infrastructure products and electronic resources. Libraries increasingly depend on vendors for these products and resources, but at what cost to user privacy? This guide will introduce you to methods to protect users’ privacy while evaluating and acquiring products and resources from vendors. The guide will cover key strategies that libraries can employ to protect user privacy: contract language and negotiations, Requests for Proposal (RFPs), and vendor audits.
However, not all libraries have control over the vendor acquisition process. If the decision making is out of your hands, this guide can still help in identifying strategies to convince the decision makers to keep user privacy in mind during the acquisition process.