Q. Lynda.com

Lynda.com I recently was informed that due to the purchase of Lynda.com by LinkedIn, and the associated change in privacy policy, the library will be ending their subscription to this service. I'd likely to strongly encourage you to keep this valuable resource. It is hands down one of the most valuable services the library provides. I was given the explanation that it was because of the privacy policy. I get that. I'm a privacy advocate myself. However, I think rather than you "protecting your patrons" by universally dropping the service, why not let us make that decision for ourselves? Clearly point out the changes to the privacy policy on your page and then let the end user make the decision whether they are willing to exchange whatever privacy for the value of the service.


Answer

Hello--

Thanks so much for your articulate feedback about Lynda.com. This was not a decision we wanted to make--we know you are not unique among our patrons in your embrace of this resource. Unfortunately, protecting patron privacy isn't just a guiding principle for us; it's also a matter of state law. Had we decided to keep Lynda.com despite their new policy requiring users to get or use LinkedIn accounts, we would have been in violation of both our own Privacy Policy and the Colorado statute to which it refers. In addition, LInkedIn accounts restrict their user base to people under 16, meaning kids and teens (another audience for Lynda) won't be able to use it and over which we would have no say.

All this said, this is a decision we can revisit should LinkedIn listen to our concerns and roll back the changes that drove us to cancel. There is some evidence they are considering that, and we will certainly be watching.

I hope this makes sense! Feel free to contact us if you have further questions.

Regards,

Terzah Becker, Collection Development Dept.

  • Last Updated Nov 27, 2019
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  • Answered By Terzah Becker

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