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Elefanten i biblioteket: En studie av svenska folkbiblioteks GDPR-förberedelser
2018 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
The elephant in the library : A study of Swedish public libraries’ GDPR preparations (English)
Abstract [en]

Regarded as the biggest change in data protection law in a generation, the General Data Protection Regulation (or simply its more renowned name: the GDPR) is due to take effect on May 25th 2018.

The purpose of the GDPR is to strengthen the protection of personal information, harmonize the data protection laws in the entire European Union, and modernize privacy laws to fit today’s technologically advanced society. As good as all organizations have to conform to the new law. Libraries, as prominent bearers of information and personal data, are thus no exception to the rule.

This study’s objective is to gain knowledge of Swedish public libraries’ main GDPR preparations, regarding both the practical work and the difficulties they faced during the process. The result is based on the answers from an online survey, sent to every central library in Sweden’s 290 municipalities. 182 answers were received, which generated a response rate of roughly 63 percent. The theoretical analysis derives from five of John Kotter’s eight phases, concerning difficulties in early change management.

The authors of this study identify the libraries’ focal points, in relation to the change work, as mainly consisting of inventory of personal data and education in the law. Difficulties are mostly found in understanding the law and how to practice it. Nonetheless, a majority of the Swedish central libraries consider themselves fairly ready for the GDPR when May 25th arrives.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2018.
Keywords [sv]
GDPR, General Data Protection Regulation, dataskyddsförordningen, organisationsförändring, förberedelsearbete, personuppgifter, personlig integritet, folkbibliotek
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Information Studies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hb:diva-14357OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hb-14357DiVA, id: diva2:1224035
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Library and Information Science
Available from: 2018-07-02 Created: 2018-06-26 Last updated: 2018-07-02Bibliographically approved

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