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Privacy of Patron Data

Checkout History

The WLS Privacy Policy mandates that the link between patron and checkout is broken upon successful return of the item to the library. WLS allows patrons to exercise the option to retain their checkout history, if desired.

Patrons can choose to retain their checkout history by clicking the option for “Keep my checkout history” in the Preferences section of the Personal Information tab of the My Account tool on the WLS Online Catalog.

3rd Party Services

WLS purchases access to services such as online databases and electronic books from third-party vendors for use by library patrons. These third-party vendors are reputable partners and may collect personal information in order to provide certain services to its users. The information you submit to the Library may be provided to those third parties so that they can assist us in providing certain services (such as the delivery of eBooks for use on Kindles, or via Kindle apps, through Amazon).

WLS encourages all patrons and staff to be aware of the privacy policy of any online service they choose to use, including those provided by WLS through third-party vendors.

The chart below outlines online services provided by WLS and/or third-party vendors and the type of data they may retain.

Vendor
    Data
Data Retained
Westchester Library System
Personal search history No
Reserve history Yes
Fines and fees Yes
Checkout history No by default
Opt-in available
Name, address, phone number Yes
E-mail address No by default
Opt-in available
OverDrive
Reserve history Yes
Fines and fees N/A
Checkout history No by default
Required for Amazon devices
Name No by default
Required for Amazon devices
Address No by default
Required for Amazon devices
Phone number No by default
Required for Amazon devices
E-mail address No by default, except for Amazon devices
Required for reserves
Recorded Books (OneClickDigital)
Reserve History Yes
Fines and fees N/A
Checkout history Yes
Name Yes
Address No
Phone number No
E-mail address No by default
Required for reserves
Library Ideas (Freegal and Freading)
Reserve History N/A
Fines and fees N/A
Checkout history Yes
Name No
Address No
Phone number No
E-mail address No
Library Elf
Reserve History Yes
Fines and fees Yes
Checkout history Yes
Name Yes
Address Yes
Phone number Yes
E-mail address Yes

This page last modified: March 21, 2013



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