Assembly Consumer Affairs

The Assembly Consumer Affairs Committee is charged with protecting consumer rights in New Jersey, particularly issues such as safeguarding against identity theft, restricting telemarketing, and protecting cell phone and calling card consumers against fraud.
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Wimberly 'Reader Privacy Act' To Upgrade NJ Reader Privacy Laws Clears Committee

In an effort to expand New Jersey’s law on reader privacy when it comes to book and electronic book purchases, the Assembly Consumer Affairs Committee advanced legislation sponsored by Assemblyman Benjie Wimberly with a vote of 4-0 on Monday. This measure would place these purchases under similar protections as library records.

"E-books and online purchases have redefined the way we read, buy and borrow books," said Wimberly (D-Bergen/Passaic). "These new methods raise questions regarding privacy and disclosure of personal information. Current law simply is too antiquated to adequately provide for confidentiality in the digital age. Individuals should be allowed to read and shop without fear of intrusion. Just as with books you borrow at the library, your e-book preferences should also remain private."

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