Why doesn’t the library’s own website/catalog use HTTPS?

The library is evaluating the possibility of enabling HTTPS on the watertownlib.org website. Our catalog is administered via the Minuteman Library Network (MLN), so we cannot control its use of HTTPS. On that site, HTTPS only takes effect once you have logged in with your library card number and PIN. However, MLN has strong privacy practices, as detailed on this web page: http://www.mln.lib.ma.us/about/privacy.htm. Here is an excerpt from its policy: “MLN keeps no permanent record of sites visited by library users, the electronic databases accessed, or the searches performed by individual users. While we may disclose information about use of our website in aggregate (such as server use statistics), we will not disclose to third parties any information that could be used to identify individuals or their use of MLN resources, except as required by law or appropriate law enforcement procedures.”

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1. Do the public computers store my information?
2. What happens if I forget to log out? When I’m logged off because there’s a queue or the library is closing, does the same process take place?
3. Does the fact that I have to log in with my library card number mean that you keep track of which computers I use, and when, and for how long?
4. Is my internet use on your public computers secure?
5. Does HTTPS Everywhere mean that I can enter personal information on any website?
6. Do all browsers have HTTPS Everywhere enabled?
7. Does that mean I can’t get HTTPS sites in Internet Explorer?
8. Can I turn HTTPS Everywhere off if it’s affecting how a website functions?
9. How did you pick uBlock Origin over other ad blockers? I heard they allow advertisers to pay to show certain ads.
10. Can I turn uBlock Origin off? Is it ethical to block ads when content creators like newspapers depend on them for revenue?
11. I heard that Do Not Track was optional for websites, that they can ignore it with no penalty. Is there a way of knowing which sites comply?
12. What, exactly, are the privacy benefits of using the library’s secure wifi network? How secure is it if you give out the password to anyone who asks? Do you ever change the password?
13. Are there privacy screens on the library’s computers? Why or why not? Can I ask for a privacy screen to be added?
14. What kind of antivirus and antimalware software is on the library’s computers? Does it scan for keyloggers?
15. Do all library computers have the same IP address? Have you considered installing TOR browsers or becoming a TOR exit relay?
16. Why doesn’t the library’s own website/catalog use HTTPS?
17. Do the website or catalog use cookies or trackers? Do they connect my website usage with my library account?
18. How do I know what privacy standards are in place with the services and databases you provide access to (OverDrive, hoopla, etc.)? Do those services keep track of my usage?