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Privacy and Confidentiality Roundtable

Welcome to the Privacy and Confidentiality Roundtable!


***NEW*** Privacy and Confidentiality Roundtable Meeting, SAA New Orleans, 2013

The Privacy and Confidentiality Roundtable meeting at the SAA Annual meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, August 14, 2013, from 5:15 pm to 7:15 pm.

The Privacy and Confidentiality Roundtable meeting provides time for informal discussion of current privacy issues. In addition, Phoebe Evans Letocha will discuss the impact of recent changes to the HIPAA Privacy Rule on the archival community. Mark Greene will report on his survey of privacy procedures in archives around the country. Elena Danielson also will briefly summarize privacy issues in the news, both in the US and EU.


***NEW*** Please check out the HIPAA Resource Page created by the SAA Science, Technology & Health Care Roundtable (STHC) and the Archivists and Librarians in the History of the Health Sciences (ALHHS).


The 9/12/12 P&C Roundtable newsletter, The Keyhole, with updates on leadership as well as lots of news on latest projects, is now available online! 

About the Roundtable

The Privacy & Confidentiality Roundtable provides a forum for the discussion of privacy and confidentiality issues and their legal and ethical implications for archival practice. The Roundtable convenes during the annual meeting to elect officers and hold a program. Topics have ranged from third-party privacy in literary papers, access to medical records, and the types of restrictions placed on archival records. A member has traditionally given a summary of archives-related privacy and confidentiality issues in the news, and the vice-chair gives a review of a recent book pertaining to Roundtable concerns.

Other Roundtable projects include an annotated bibliography of relevant publications and the recently published Privacy and Confidentiality Reader. The Reader was published by SAA and was edited by Roundtable members Menzi Behrndt–Klodt and Peter Wosh. "Choose Privacy Week" is another initiative in which the Roundtable has participated. See below for the Roundtable's Choose Privacy Week video!

Membership in the Roundtable is open to all SAA members who are interested in privacy and confidentiality issues.

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 Choose Privacy Week Video


"Choose Privacy Week is an initiative that invites library users into a national conversation about privacy rights in a digital age. The campaign gives libraries the tools they need to educate and engage users, and gives citizens the resources to think critically and make more informed choices about their privacy." -PrivacyRevolution.Org

Check out the SAA Privacy & Confidentiality Roundtable's "Choose Privacy Week" video on Vimeo


Recent News & Announcements

The results of the Privacy and Confidentiality Roundtable 2013 Election.
The Steering Committee of the Privacy & Confidentiality Roundtable would like to provide some links to promote discussion of the national debate on privacy in general and specifically government access to big data warehouses that are collecting information on private citizens.
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