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The author of this blog, David T.S. Fraser, is a Canadian privacy lawyer who practices with the firm of McInnes Cooper. He is the author of the Physicians' Privacy Manual. He has a national and international practice advising corporations and individuals on matters related to Canadian privacy laws.

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Monday, April 04, 2005

Should parents be able to see children's library records? 

I'm a regular reader of the LibraryLaw Blog. Over the weekend, Mary Minow posed the question, Should parents be able to see children's library records? Good question. Under PIPEDA (if PIPEDA applies to the library in the first place) or the provincial public or private sector privacy law, the answer would be no as long as the kid is old enough to make their own decisions.

Should parents be able to see children's library records? Amanda Welsh points out an article about a bill in Maine, sponsored by Rep. Randy E. Hotham, that would require public libraries to tell parents what books their children have checked out.

The bill is definitely part of a trend ... what do librarylaw blog readers think? Should parents be able to see their children's records, and if so how should "parents", "children" and "records" be defined? My thoughts, generally, on the topic are here.

For more on this topic, see PIPEDA and Canadian Privacy Law: Privacy and Public Libraries, which links to a presentation on the topic and has a bit of a dialogue with Mary in the comments.

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