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Thursday, 30th September 2004

Court Decision on PATRIOT Act May Affect Libraries

Libraries--PATRIOT Act
Source: ALA Washington Office Newsletter
Court Decision on PATRIOT Act May Affect Libraries

From the ALA newsletter, "September 29th marked an important victory for civil liberties when the federal district court judge in the southern district of New York struck down Section 505 of the Patriot Act which permitted the FBI unchecked
authority to obtain subscriber information, toll billing records and other transactional records from electronic communications service providers 'without any judicial oversight or opportunity for challenge'...Since many libraries may be "electronic service providers" if they provide public access to the Internet, libraries are among the entities that may benefit from this ruling."

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