Navigating Risk in Vendor Data Privacy Practices: An Initial Analysis of Elsevier’s ScienceDirect

“As libraries spend more and more resources licensing platforms, the terms around how vendors treat user data have become complex and difficult to understand. This poses serious concerns given the ever-increasing incentive for vendors to monetize this data—many in ways fundamentally at odds with libraries’ commitment to privacy. Protecting user privacy is a challenge for libraries trying to navigate through the vague and abstruse vendor contracts and policies. To assist libraries in this challenge, SPARC has partnered with Becky Yoose of LDH Consulting Services to analyze vendor contracts and privacy policies to provide libraries a better understanding of the potential risks they pose to user privacy….”