American Library Association (ALA) Fights For The Privacy Of American Readers

It looks like this week we will be covering more federal news pertaining to libraries.

The American Library Association (ALA) and a group of booksellers, writers and publishers ( American Booksellers Association, Association of American Publishers, and PEN American Center ) are lobbying Congress to " to exempt library and bookstore records from the provisions of Section 215 of the USA PATRIOT Act, which is scheduled to be renewed this year". The three organizations are challenging the right of the federal government to search library records of " anyone it considers "relevant" to a terrorism investigation, including people who are not."

Since 2003, the Department of Justice has used its expanded power under the Patriot Act to issue more than 200 secret search orders under Section 215 and more than 190,000 National Security Letters (NSLs)

To find out more activities in which the four organizations are involved (like The Campaign for Reader Privacy), please click here. The rest is available at the Library Journal News blog post.

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