The Campaign for Reader Privacy released a statement Wednesday calling on Congress to "pass legislation to restore privacy protections for bookstore and library records that were stripped by the Patriot Act." The statement arrived in the throes of public outcry over revelations about the overreach of the National Security Agency (NSA), and the Campaign believes the recommended legislative action would be a step in the right direction to curtail what the group calls "runaway surveillance programs."
Founded in 2004, The Campaign is a joint initiative between the American Booksellers Association, the American Library Association, the Association of American Publishers, and PEN American Center. The group called out "flawed, dangerous powers" set into place by Section 215 of the controversial act that "allow the government to gather information about law-abiding citizens’ private lives."
In their statement, the group writes that what "law-abiding Americans are reading is nobody’s business."