According to an article in Library Journal, dated April 9, 2009, the American Library Association and allied organizations (booksellers, publishers, writers) have asked the United States Congress to make library and bookstore records exempt from the infamous section 215 of the USA PATRIOT Act, which comes up for renewal later in 2009. For the complete article, seehttp://www.libraryjournal.com/article/CA6650577.html?rssid=191.
Another article on the subject: http://www.readerprivacy.org/news.jsp?id=34
Many thanks to the wonderful Resource Shelf who reported this yesterday (and from whom I "borrowed" almost all of this :-)
Welcome to Environymity! This blog was born out of the work of the Privacy and ICR Subcommittee of the General Faculties Council - Library and Cultural Resources Committee at the University of Calgary, Calgary, Alberta, Canada (http://lcr.ucalgary.ca/). Environymity is dedicated to coverage and discussion of privacy-related issues, chiefly within the online academic environment. There is a Canadian focus to some of the content here but topics from everywhere are included.