Is Someone Reading Over Your Shoulder?
Campaign For Reader Privacy
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BOOK GROUPS URGE CONGRESS TO PASS NSL REFORM ACT
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
For information contact:
Oren Teicher (ABA), 800-637-0037, ext. 6661
Lynne Bradley (ALA), (800) 941-8478
Judith Platt (AAP), 202-220-4551
Larry Siems (PEN), 212-334-1660, ext. 105

ABA, ALA, AAP and PEN launched the Campaign for Reader Privacy in 2004 to fight for changes in the Patriot Act, which authorized the federal government to issue secret orders to bookstores and libraries forcing them to turn over the records of their customers and patrons without demonstrating probable cause to believe they were involved in terrorist activity. The Inspector General of the Justice Department has reported that the FBI issued 200,000 NSLs in the period 2003-2006.

S. 2088 and H.R. 3189 restrict FBI searches to the records of those either suspected of or directly connected to terrorism or espionage. It also limits the time that booksellers and librarians are barred by a gag provision from revealing the receipt of an NSL, which is used to obtain Internet records, or a Section 215 order, which can be used to demand all other records.

S. 2088 was introduced by Senator Russ Feingold (D-WI) and is co-sponsored by 11 Senators. H.R. 3889 was introduced by Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-NY) and is co-sponsored by 27 Representatives.

Neither bill has received a hearing since they were introduced last year.

>> Read the letter to Congress