Librarians Receive Advice on Law and Reader Privacy

The NYTimes Has One on the Patriot Act Teleconference.Although some of the librarians calling in from among the 250 sites in a national teleconference suggested defiance of the 2001 USA Patriot Act, all the speakers said proper federal requests for data should be dutifully complied with, but only when a proper court order was served and not just because an F.B.I. agent asked for information.

\"We believe that what you read is nobody\'s business but your own,\" Ms. Krug continued. \"If you convert what you read into illegal behavior, then there are laws to deal with that. But just because someone reads how to build a bomb doesn\'t mean you\'re a bomber. There is no way you can tell.\"

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