Library IDs porn watcher after court order

June 11, 2004 at 7:04 PM
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NAPERVILLE, Ill., June 11 (UPI) -- An Illinois library forced police to get a court order before allowing access to the identity of a man seen watching Internet pornography.

Workers at Nichols Library in Naperville, Ill., called police after three teenagers reported seeing a man fondling himself while looking at porn on one of the library computers, the Chicago Tribune said.

When police arrived, the man had left so officers asked to see who had logged in. But, the library refused, standing behind the Illinois Library Records Confidentiality Act, which protects patrons' privacy without a court order stating otherwise.

The police got a court order and a suspect was questioned. Charges are pending. Authorities meanwhile are seeking a legal opinion on the 1975 law, which has never been tested in court.

Forty-eight states have confidentiality laws similar to those of Illinois. Kentucky and Hawaii have opinions from attorneys general that say essentially the same thing.

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