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New Privacy Bill: Protecting the Rights of Individuals Act

From the American Library Association Washington Office Newsline:

  • “Last night, July 31, Senators Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) and Ron Wyden (D-OR), introduced the “Protecting the Rights of Individuals Act.” (S. 1552) This bill contains many provisions that will help to restore some protections of civil liberties weakened by the USA PATRIOT Act. Several provisions are of particular interest to the library community.”
  • “Sec. 4 would….return the standards for the FBI to get orders from the FISA Court to the standards that applied pre-USA PATRIOT.”
  • “Sec. 4(b) would clarify that a library shall not be treated as a wire or electronic communication service provider for purposes of 18 U.S.C. 2709, so that a library cannot be required to turn over Internet usage records (including e-mail) about its patrons.”
  • “Sec. 6(c) would impose a specific limitation on what aspects of electronic communications could be captured with a pen/trap order”.
  • In related news, Librarians chafe under USA Patriot Act restrictions.
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