Privacy: Records of Arizona Library Ebook Use Shielded
Here’s an update to a story we first posted about on March 25, 2013. A week earlier we also shared comments about ebook-library privacy in this post.
Now, the update (via Arizona Republic):
Arizona lawmakers passed and Gov. Jan Brewer signed into law House Bill 2165, which adds e-books to the state statute restricting what public-library circulation records can be disclosed.
The new law goes into effect 90 days after the legislative session ends.
Once the law goes into effect, libraries cannot disclose any record of print or e-books that identifies which specific materials a patron used unless it is necessary for the reasonable operation of the library, the patron has given written consent, a court orders it or another law requires it.
The law passed nearly unanimously and was supported by an unusual mix of lobbyists: the American Civil Liberties Union of Arizona, the Arizona Library Association and a grass-roots pro-Second Amendment group, the Arizona Citizens Defense League.
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Gary Price (firstname.lastname@example.org) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. He earned his MLIS degree from Wayne State University in Detroit. Price has won several awards including the SLA Innovations in Technology Award and Alumnus of the Year from the Wayne St. University Library and Information Science Program. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com. Gary is also the co-founder of infoDJ an innovation research consultancy supporting corporate product and business model teams with just-in-time fact and insight finding.