Privacy and Confidentiality Section

Welcome to the Privacy and Confidentiality Section!

The Privacy & Confidentiality Section provides a forum for the discussion of privacy and confidentiality issues and their legal and ethical implications for archival practice. The Section convenes during the annual meeting to announce elected 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. 

The Section's ongoing focus has been the maintenance of a bibliography of privacy and confidentiality-related resources. Other Section projects include Privacy and Confidentiality Perspectives: Archivists and Archival Issues, edited by section members Menzi Behrndt-Klodt and Peter Wosh, and "Choose Privacy Week." 

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

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News & Announcements

Join us for a joint, two-part event that explores how to thoughtfully approach managing, restricting, and providing access to Indigenous archival materials.
The 2020 Privacy and Confidentiality elections results are in and the section leadership is pleased to congratulate the following:
2018-2019 Annual Report
The 2020 Privacy and Confidentiality Section ballot is now available. Elections will be held for Vice-Chair/Chair-Elect, Steering Committee Member (2 seats), and Early-Career Member (1 seat).
Would you like to learn more about privacy and confidentiality? Looking to discuss these issues with others archivists? Come join the P&C Summer Reading Group!
The P & C Section is calling for members to nominate themselves for 3 open positions on the P&C Section Steering Committee.
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