Around Town | July 8, 2011 | Palo Alto Weekly | Palo Alto Online |

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News - July 8, 2011

Around Town

NO SNOOPING ... Library patrons concerned about other people snooping through their emails, online chats and computer research could soon have a reason to feel relieved. The state Legislation this week approved a proposal by Sen. Joe Simitian (D-Palo Alto) to upgrade California's library-privacy laws, which currently protect only circulation and registration records. The bill was proposed by Cupertino resident Mary Minow, a library-law consultant, as part of Simitian's annual "There Oughta Be a Law" contest. Senate Bill 445 would change the law to make all user records equally protected. "This simple change ensures that the more than a million Californians who use our public libraries every day will have their personal information protected," Simitian said in a statement. "People use libraries to research sensitive and personal topics; their privacy shouldn't be compromised." The bill now heads to Gov. Jerry Brown for approval.

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