More prison, less process

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I don’t really get it, but any excuse to make a MPLP comic is fine by me! (And what could be more MPLP-compliant than sticking text on a photo and calling it a comic?)

Photo from the Library of Congress on Flickr Commons.

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2 Responses to “More prison, less process”

  1. jordon Says:

    haha, that’s great! i think what the scenario was probably providing access to papers like medical records or student records that you didn’t know you were allowing people to look at because you didn’t do a more granular level of processing. the law is pretty annoying about this–if you take these papers/records on, it’s your responsibility to make sure they’re used properly. wasn’t there so that’s just a guess.

    one solution is to do a sort of privacy audit on the fly, where you quickly review the materials before giving them to a patron. kind of like preservation on the fly, where you just remove rusty paperclips if you come across them while copying something for a patron.

  2. Brad Houston Says:

    Jordon’s guess is about right, from my understanding. As I said when this was first discussed, I find the likelihood that your institution will not protect you in the event of an honest mistake of this nature marginal at best. But then, I may not be cynical enough.

    “one solution is to do a sort of privacy audit on the fly, where you quickly review the materials before giving them to a patron. kind of like preservation on the fly, where you just remove rusty paperclips if you come across them while copying something for a patron.”

    We have to do this for our Student Affairs records because of the university’s stance on FERPA enforcement. I am not afraid to tell you how much I hate doing so. We were GOING to have to do it for the student government records until we drew up an agreement basically saying “these records aren’t actually ours, we just keep them here, so people are allowed to look at them”. Good times.

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