Is Someone Reading Over Your Shoulder?
Campaign For Reader Privacy
who's behind the campaign for reader privacy

The Campaign for Reader Privacy is a joint initiative of the American Booksellers Association, PEN American Center, the American Library Association, and the Association of American Publishers.

Founded in 1900, the American Booksellers Association is a not-for-profit organization devoted to meeting the needs of its core members of independently owned bookstores with retail storefront locations through advocacy, education, research, and information dissemination. The ABA actively supports free speech, literacy, and programs that encourage reading. The ABA is headquartered in Tarrytown, New York, and is located on the web at The association also hosts the annual ABA Convention in conjunction with BookExpo America each spring...[MORE]

Our society places the highest value on the ability to speak freely on any subject. But freedom of speech depends on the freedom to explore ideas privately. Customers in a bookstore and patrons of a library must feel free to request books about health, religion, politics, the law or any other subject without fear that their choices may be made public. If they are uncertain that their privacy will be respected, they lose the freedom to buy and borrow the books they need to form and express opinions...[MORE]

With a membership of more than 2,900 distinguished writers, editors, and translators, PEN American Center is the largest of the 141 centers of International PEN, the international literary and human rights organization that was founded in 1921...[MORE]

The Campaign for Reader Privacy is at the center of a major effort by many of America's leading writers to address free speech and human rights concerns connected with the USA PATRIOT Act and the full range of antiterrorism laws and executive orders enacted since September 11, 2001...[MORE]

The American Library Association (ALA), founded in 1876, is the oldest and largest library association in the world with almost 63,000 members. Our members serve communities, schools, businesses, and governments...[MORE]

The United States is a constitutional republic—a government of the people, by the people and for the people. Popularly called a "democracy," the U.S. attains that status only when people have access to information on which to base their decisions. That information is available through our nation's libraries...[MORE]

The Association of American Publishers (AAP) is the national trade association of the U.S. book publishing industry. AAP's members include most of the major commercial book publishers in the United States, as well as smaller and non-profit publishers, university presses, and scholarly societies...[MORE]

American publishers are strongly committed to an individual's right to read what he or she chooses without the government's knowledge or interference. The publishing industry, and its national trade organization the Association of American Publishers, oppose the use of Section 215 to abrogate First Amendment—protected rights in the absence of the most stringent standard of judicial oversight...[MORE]

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