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New Law Could Unintentionally Impact Bloggers

PRIVACY LAW—U.S.

October 28, 2011

A law professor says California's recently enacted Reader Privacy Act might impose unexpected obligations on bloggers, MediaPost reports. The act, signed into law earlier this month and scheduled to take effect 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. But Eric Goldman of Santa Clara University says the law's language leaves room for interpretation on who it regulates and could include bloggers whose sites are supported by advertisements. Bloggers could violate the law, for example, if they disclose information about commenters or readers without a court order, Goldman says.
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