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New WI Law Clarifies to Whom Library Records May be Released

Wisconsin Senate Bill 214, which clarifies to whom library records may be released, was signed into law by the Governor last week as Wisconsin Act 34.

The law states that library records "indicating the identity of any individual who borrows or uses the library's documents or other materials, resources, or services may not be disclosed except by court order or to persons acting within the scope of their duties in the administration of the library or library system, to persons authorized by the individual to inspect such records, to custodial parents or guardians of children under the age of 16..."

However, the law also states that the library may release surveillance recordings to law enforcement officials. This can be done at the request of law enforcement or voluntarily by the library seeking assistance from law enforcement. The law does not indicate that a court order is necessary.

See my earlier post for background on the bill. The complete bill history is also available.