Le code d'éthique de l'IFLA traite de la protection de la vie privée (section 3. Privacy, secrecy and transparency), mais il mentionne en particulier l'importance pour l'intérêt public des lanceurs d'alerte (exception acceptable au respect de la confidentialité)!
"Librarians and other information workers respect personal privacy, and the protection of personal data, necessarily shared between individuals and institutions.
The relationship between the library and the user is one of confidentiality and librarians and other information workers will take appropriate measures to ensure that user data is not shared beyond the original transaction.
Librarians and other information workers support and participate in transparency so that the workings of government, administration and business are opened to the scrutiny of the general public. They also recognise that it is in the public interest that misconduct, corruption and crime be exposed by what constitute breaches of confidentiality by so-called ‘whistleblowers’."