Analysis of professional secrecy in Ibero-America: Ethical and legal perspectives

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Eight Ibero-American political constitutions that include professional secrecy (confidentiality) as a constitutional guarantee are analysed, and their influence as a fundamental right in the professional practice of librarians is examined. The impact of professional secrecy is established in professional codes of ethics, and it is shown that they do not clearly express this principle; its application in trade unions has limited effectiveness. The various difficulties involved in preserving professional secrecy in library practice, which work centres try to violate, are shown.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)432-438
Number of pages7
JournalIFLA Journal
Issue number3
StatePublished - Oct 2022

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Funding Information:
The authors disclosed the receipt of the following financial support for the research, authorship and/or publication of this article: This study is supported by Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos.

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  • Professional secrecy
  • confidentiality
  • librarian


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