When I first sign in to my new account to check my loans, I see a privacy policy notification. What is this?

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Last Updated: Jul 20, 2022     Views: 45

This privacy policy is part of the new software the UMass Libraries are implementing in the library catalog and applies to the “My Account” features of Discovery. You do not have to accept it, but if you do not accept it you will not be able to access some library catalog features. If you do not accept the privacy policy, you can still search for materials in Discovery, read full text articles, and everything else you have always been able to do there. You can search for books and then come to the library and physically check them out. If you do not accept the privacy policy, you cannot place holds/requests, renew loans, or view your loan information -- all of which used to be done in the 5 College Catalog and is now done in Discovery. In the near future you will be able to view and renew loans by scanning your UCard on the self-checkout machines in the library lobby.

The privacy policy governs what EBSCO – the company that owns Discovery – can do with the data you generate while using the Discovery “My Account” features, their responsibilities, and your rights. This policy is in alignment with digital data privacy laws around the world, including the California Consumer Privacy Act and the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). It is very similar to the data privacy policies for other software and systems around the libraries and across campus. For comparison, here are the privacy policies for the Libraries’ Ask Us! system, Moodle, Blackboard, and Microsoft products. You can read more information about EBSCO’s privacy policy here and here

If you have any additional questions, please email them to dbhelp@umass.libanswers.com.

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