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Law Would Protect Readers' Preferences

PRIVACY LAW—U.S.

March 31, 2011

A California lawmaker has introduced a law to protect Californians' reading habits. Sen. Leland Yee (D-San Francisco) has introduced the Reader Privacy Act of 2011 (SB 602), according to the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF). The bill, backed by the California Affiliates of the American Civil Liberties Union and the EFF, would require the government and other third parties to obtain a search warrant or court order to access sensitive reading records. The law would cover both e-books and hard copies. The EFF says it is "essential that state law keep pace and safeguard readers in the digital age," noting that many bookstores collect information about readers' purchases.
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