I support all individuals’ right to privacy. My presentation at the October Scholarly Networks Security Initiative (SNSI) webinar in no way advocated for the use of spyware or the violation of user privacy. My presentation encouraged publishers to modernize their content distribution by utilizing user behavior analysis (UBA) to determine if material is being accessed by a ‘bot’ attempting to steal content. UBA does not violate user privacy, but instead uses metrics such as how quickly a user types or how randomly they move their mouse to tell if the user is a human or a computer. Furthermore, I advocated for any logs or analyses to be retained by libraries rather than publishers. Libraries have long been the stewards of patron privacy.
Chief Information Security Officer
The University of Utah