Make persistent search history a user customizable option
Would like to have this option be at the user level instead of the system level: https://knowledge.exlibrisgroup.com/Primo/Knowledge_Articles/How_to_disable_the_option_to_save_authenticated_user's_search_history
I realize users can delete individual searches at anytime, but if they don't want any searches saved there is no way for them to do this. Since this can't be controlled at the individual user level, for privacy concerns we have to disable it at the system level and therefore users who might not have privacy concerns do not get to benefit from the feature.
This feature is now available in the August 2022 release
Knut A Bøckman commented
I strongly support this, but I'm out of votes, unfortunately. Promise to add some whenever I get any returned to me!
Manu Schwendener commented
Gemma Milton commented
We support this Idea and add the following:
A personalisation menu would allow individual users to control aspects of their Primo display, particularly in relation to search privacy. Two items for the personalisation menu are suggested:
1. Ability to opt in/out of saved search history feature (Primo release February 2021).
Currently individual users have no opt in/out control over the saving of their recent search history to My Favourites > Search History if this feature is enabled by their institution. This is not consistent with best practice privacy recommendations. The American Library Association Library Privacy Guidelines for Library Websites, OPACs, and Discover Services recommend that “if the discovery service offers the ability to save their search history, this should be an opt-in feature not turned on as a default”.
2. Ability to opt in/out of autocomplete suggestions for Primo simple searches based on searches stored in My Favourites > Search History (Primo release February 2021).
There are privacy concerns around the inability of individual users to opt out of this feature if it is enabled by their institution. For example, users may be in the situation where they are demonstrating searches to others and have their private or sensitive searches from their search history displayed as autocomplete suggestions.
We suggest that a personalisation menu containing these two items would reduce privacy concerns around the saved search history features and would enhance the benefits of enabling them at the institutional level.
Additionally, we suggest adding the ability for this personalisation menu to be expanded on in the future as more/new features are released, or other existing features could be considered for this menu.
Stacey van Groll commented
Completely agree. Ideally there would be a personalisation menu available for features such as this the the user's account area, flowing from features which a site chooses to have active, and then additionally empowering the user to make their own choice.