CUNY Library Purges User Data

By Dianna Dilworth Comment

The Graduate Center at the City University of New York is deleting its interlibrary loan records in a move towards protecting user privacy.

“This policy change is motivated by the idea that libraries should not keep more information about their users’ requests than necessary,” Beth Posner, head of library resource sharing explained in an email to students and faculty members.

“We will continue to keep all requests from 2013 forward until further notice; eventually we will only keep a rolling history of one year or less, though, in order to help ensure that ILL requests remain confidential,” the email continued. “Previously, you could find a list of everything you ever requested through ILL.” (Via The Guardian).