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In the police don't have anything to hide, I don't see why they would object to the videotaping.

I've had some correspondence with Jack Stephens, conservatorblog.com about this post. Let me assure readers that I advise libraries to work with law enforcement and aim to make sure that the transaction proceeds as smoothly as possible.

Sometimes law enforcement does not know that court orders are required for library user records in some states, like California. The records must be specified in the warrant (or other court order). In these states, a judge, not the librarian, not the law enforcement officer, determines that the records can be disclosed.

Librarians need to know their state laws, and when necessary bring these laws to the attention of law enforcement when user records are sought.

Ideally everyone is cooperating with each other, respecting the legal process. The ultimate objective is to catch the bad guys while still protecting the privacy of the good guys.

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