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Law To Protect Reader Privacy Signed

PRIVACY LAW—U.S.

October 4, 2011

California's Reader Privacy Act of 2011 was signed into law this week, PC Magazine reports, and will include e-books. The law, effective January 1, will require government agencies and other third parties to obtain a search warrant or court order to access customer records from bookstores or online retailers. The bill's sponsor, Sen. Leland Yee (D-San Francisco), said, "California law was completely inadequate when it came to protecting one's privacy for book purchases, especially for online shopping and electronic books. Individuals should be free to buy books without fear of government intrusion and witch hunts." A columnist for ReadWriteWeb writes, however, that the law doesn't go far enough. 
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