Rhode Island Library Laws

Rhode Island Statutes: http://www.rilin.state.ri.us

State Library Association: Rhode Island Library Association

Security Breach Notification Law : R.I. Gen. Laws § 11-49.2-1 et seq.

Data Disposal Law: R.I. Gen. Laws §6-52-2

Library Records Privacy :

GENERAL LAWS OF RHODE ISLAND TITLE 11.  CRIMINAL OFFENSES CHAPTER 18.  FRAUD AND FALSE DEALING R.I. Gen. Laws § 11-18-32  
§ 11-18-32. Video, audio and publication rentals

   (a) It is unlawful for any person to reveal, transmit, publish, or disseminate in any manner, any records which would identify the names and addresses of individuals, with the titles or nature of video films, records, cassettes, or the like, which they purchased, leased, rented, or borrowed, from libraries, book stores, video stores, or record and cassette shops or any retailer or distributor of those products, whether or not the identities and listings are kept in a remote computing service or electronic storage or the disclosure is made through or by a remote computing service. It is not unlawful to make disclosures to other employees of the library or business that are incident to the normal course of their work or pursuant to lawful compulsion.
(b) All records of these transactions shall be maintained as confidential and may only be released by written waiver.
(c) Any person, firm, or corporation violating the provisions of this section shall be punished for each violation by a fine of not more than one thousand dollars ($1,000), by imprisonment for not more than six (6) months, or both.
(d) Any person injured as a result of a violation of this section for each violation may bring a civil action against the violator for actual damages or for two hundred fifty dollars ($250), whichever is greater, plus reasonable attorneys’ fees and court costs.

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