The Library Bill of Rights affirms the “ethical imperative to provide unrestricted access to information and to guard against impediments to open inquiry. When users recognize or fear that their privacy or confidentiality is compromised, true freedom of inquiry no longer exists.”
In a library (physical or virtual), the right to privacy is the right to open inquiry without having the subject of one’s interest examined or scrutinized by others. Confidentiality extends to “information sought or received and resources consulted, borrowed, acquired or transmitted” (American Library Association Code of Ethics), including, but not limited to: “database search records, reference questions and interviews, circulation records, interlibrary loan records, information about materials downloaded or placed on “hold” or “reserve,” and other personally identifiable information about uses of library materials, programs, facilities, or services.”
Today online “libraries” exist — search engines, browsers, websites, email servers and etc — that store and categorize your Internet activity and searches. That information is collected often without your knowledge or permission and is routinely sold or surrendered without your knowledge or permission.
Your activity on Direct Democracy US may be recorded and scrutinized by the National Security Administration.