[Eril-l] Loss of IP Authentication

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Tue Apr 25 12:46:58 PDT 2023

Hello Mark and all,

Today, the ALA published the following retraction to its post: https://connect.ala.org/discussion/news-from-the-core-federated-authentication-committee-oclc-ezproxy-does-not-anticipate-impacts-to-users-from-browser-privacy-changes-1

OCLC has been very involved in the upcoming browser changes related to authentication and IP addresses. As an advocate for libraries and scholarly resources, OCLC will continue to work with browser developers like Google and others mentioned in the referenced ALA article.

EZproxy remains the leading access method to connect users to e-content and keeps libraries in control of their data. Based on our work and analysis, EZproxy functionality will not be affected by these upcoming changes because the browser obfuscation of an IP address is not an issue for EZproxy-to-publisher functionality. Publishers will see the EZproxy IP address regardless of the browser IP address. However, if EZproxy has functionality based on the browser IP address, such as not proxying on campus users, that may be affected.

Please contact me if you have any questions!

Sean Duffy
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Date: Thursday, April 20, 2023 at 3:07 PM
To: eril-l at lists.eril-l.org <eril-l at lists.eril-l.org>
Subject: [External] [Eril-l] Loss of IP Authentication
Our science librarian recently shared this post with me.  This is the first I have heard about this move toward eliminating IP authentication.  Are others aware of this and if so, have you been developing plans and what are those plans?



Mark Gooch
Collection Management Librarian
The College of Wooster Libraries
1140 Beall Ave.
Wooster, Ohio 44691
Phone: 330-263-2522
FAX: 330-263-2253
mgooch at wooster.edu

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