Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Reader Privacy Act of 2011 (SB 602) -- The Development of Digital Rights in California

 SB 602, the Reader Privacy Act of 2011 that is now pending in California's legislature. The Reader Privacy Act would bring privacy rights to digital books, electronic reading records, and including the records of commercial book service providers.
As Californians increasingly rely on digital services to browse, read, and buy books, it is essential that state law keep pace to safeguard readers. The market for digital books now represents a nearly $70 million dollar market and sales in the past year have increased more than 115% . The book records of public libraries are protected under California law, but the records of private libraries and booksellers are not. The explosion of digital books makes this problem even more acute, since digital book services can collect extraordinarily detailed information: which books are browsed, how long each page is viewed, and digital notes made in the margins. A link to the text of SB 602 is contained within the link below.



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