This course covers privacy and confidentiality legal issues specific to archives of digital material. You'll examine the intersection of (and the tension between) privacy/confidentiality, free speech, and freedom to research/write, and focus on how digital records and the digital realm have altered the scene. You’ll look at privacy and confidentiality issues in the context of third-party rights, donors, special situations such as medical and education records, national security legislation, and the overriding impact of the digital world. Through case studies, you will examine specific situations pertinent to the work of archivists.
The focus of the day will be on how to think through and identify options for resolving the most commonly encountered privacy and confidentiality legal issues regarding digital records.
This course builds on others, including Basics of Managing Digital Records, Digital Records—The Next Step, and Providing Access to Born-Digital Archives.
Upon completion of this course you’ll be able to:
- Recognize and discuss common legal issues relating to privacy and confidentiality issues in general and for digital archives in particular.
- Interpret these issues from an archivist’s perspective.
- Realize when ingested records pose possible privacy and confidentiality legal issues.
- Identify, employ, analyze, and compare the ramifications of a variety of legal steps that you might take to prevent or address one of the legal issues.
- Communicate and work more effectively with your legal counsel and administration.
Who Should Attend? Archivists and others who need to address privacy and confidentiality legal issues relating to the digital archives of their institutions.
What Should You Know: You should have intermediate to advanced knowledge of archival practices and basic knowledge of general privacy and confidentiality concerns and their effect on archives, including an understanding of how archivists typically address such concerns.
Joshua Kitchens is the Director of the Clayton State Archival Studies program. Josh teaches a variety of courses at Clayton State that cover archival topics including Digital Preservation, Law and Ethics, Appraisal, and various special topics courses. Currently, Josh is researching appraisal practices and representation/access to archival collections and public records.
Josh previously served as an Archivists for Special Collections at the Georgia College Ina Dillard Russell Library. There he was responsible for digital collections, the library’s institutional repository known as the Knowledge Box and university archives. He holds a BA in history from Georgia College and an MA in Applied History from George Mason University, and a Masters of Archival Studies from Clayton State University. Joshua is currently working on a Ph.D. in public history at Georgia State University. Joshua is also a certified archivist and serves on the Examine Development Committee for the Academy of Certified Archivist.
To obtain the A&D certificate, you must take either Copyright Issues for Digital Archives or Privacy and Confidentiality Issues in Digital Archives.
DAS Core Competency:
2. Communicate and define terminology, requirements, roles, and responsibilities related to digital archives to a variety of stakeholders.
A&D Core Competency:
2. Description: Analyze and describe details about the attributes of a record or collection of records to facilitate identification, management, and understanding of the work.
6. Ethics: Convey transparency of actions taken during arrangement and description and respect privacy, confidentiality, and cultural sensitivity of archival materials.
7. Risk Management: Analyze threats and implement measures to minimize ethical and institutional risks.
SAA Member: $249
Employee of SAA Member Institution: $299
You will have access to this product for 60 days from the date of purchase.