WorldCat.org and User Privacy?
While browsing blogs during the NCAA Tourney today, I came across a reference to a book that I thought would be good for my library (academic business school), so I hopped over to WorldCat.org after not seeing it in our online catalog.
I started to register and save the page, but saw this in the abbreviated Terms of Service dialog:
A. You grant to OCLC unlimited and unrestricted use of all data submitted by you to this site.
That's pretty sweeping. But surely, they won't sell my email to marketers, right. I mean, this is OCLC, yes -- founded by librarians, for librarians -- zealous defenders of personal privacy?
Now I'm willing to admit that my focus on the legalese may not be the best today due to March Madness; but its a little troubling to me to read "A." above and then find nothing to convince me that my email won't be re-sold.
This may also be of more concern if your library, like mine, seems to be in a headlong rush to buy WorldCat Local.
Did I miss something in the policies? Is this FUD? More eyes on the policies would be appreciated.