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You know those privacy statements you receive regularly from banks and credit card companies? I generally throw mine in the wastebasket without reading them. Don't get me wrong, privacy is important to me, but it's also something I have always taken for granted, and too much insistence on it goes against my grain as a librarian. After all, information wants to be free.
In this issue of American Libraries (p. 56), Daniel J. Solove asks, "Can we expect privacy anymore?" The George Washington University law professor observes that "nearly every organization and company we interact with now has tons of personal data about us." The American Library …