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  • NJ A1861
  • Enacts the "Reader Privacy Act."
In Committee
Crossed Over
2016-2017 Regular Session
This bill enacts the "Reader Privacy Act," which extends reader privacy protections to book purchases, including the purchase of electronic books (e-books). Under current law, library records which contain the names or other personally identifying details regarding the users of libraries are confidential and protected from disclosure except in certain circumstances. This bill extends similar protections to the readers and purchasers of books and e-books. The bill defines a "book service" as a service that, as its primary purpose, provides the rental, purchase, borrowing, browsing, or viewing of books. Under the provisions of the bill, a law enforcement entity or other government entity will not seek the disclosure of the personal information of a book service user from a provider, except in the following circumstances: (1) Disclosure is requested or consented to by the user; (2) Disclosure is pursuant to a subpoena or court order; (3) A government entity requires that a provider serving an institution of higher education disclose the personal information of a book service user to a government entity in order to be reimbursed for the sale or rental of a book that was purchased or rented by a student using book vouchers or other financial aid subsidies for books. The bill provides that a law enforcement entity may seek, and a provider will disclose, the personal information of a book service user if the law enforcement entity asserts that there is an imminent danger of death or serious physical injury requiring the immediate disclosure of the requested personal information and that there is insufficient time to obtain a subpoena or court order. The law enforcement entity will provide the provider with a written confirmation of its assertions upon request or no later than seven days after seeking disclosure.
Commerce, 2nd Reading in the Assembly, Passed Assembly
Received in the Senate, Referred to Senate Commerce Committee  (on 5/1/2017)
Date Chamber Action Description
5/1/2017 S Received in the Senate, Referred to Senate Commerce Committee
3/23/2017 A Passed by the Assembly (72-2-0)
3/16/2017 A Assembly Floor Amendment Passed (Chiaravalloti)
2/15/2017 A Assembly Floor Amendment Passed (Johnson)
1/23/2017 A Assembly Floor Amendment Passed (Wimberly)
2/22/2016 A Reported out of Assembly Committee, 2nd Reading
2/22/2016 Assembly Consumer Affairs Hearing (10:00 2/22/2016 Committee Room 13, 4th Floor)
1/27/2016 A Introduced, Referred to Assembly Consumer Affairs Committee
Date Motion Yea Nay Other
Detail 3/23/2017 Assembly Floor: Third Reading - Final Passage 72 2 6
Detail 2/22/2016 Assembly Consumer Affairs Committee: Reported Favorably 3 0 1