Oct 5
8:54 AM

California Protects Privacy of Online Book Purchases

Gov. Jerry Brown has signed S.B. 602, the Reader Privacy Act of 2011, into law. Under the law, when government entities or parties to civil or administrative actions seek disclosure of personal information about a reader from a "book service," they must obtain a court order by showing that there is a compelling interest and that they are using the least intrusive means. Prior notice must be provided to the book seller and in the case of civil or administrative action, to the reader, before disclosure. The law brings online book purchases and purchases of e-books under the protection of California safeguards for reading records. The Electronic Frontier Foundation and the ACLU have issued a fact sheet explaining the new law. [RL]

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