Reference Questions at the Intersection of Privacy, Surveillance, and Sexual Assault (Library of Congress)

Sydney Triola filed this request with the Library of Congress of the United States of America.
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From: Sydney Triola

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act, I hereby request the following records:

Any reference interactions, documented in LibAnswers reference analytics software, that mention any of the following key terms: rape, sexual assault, sexual harassment, sexual abuse, molestation, rapist, sexual assault victim, rape victim, monitor, monitoring, supervise, supervision, wiretap, watch, surveil, surveillance, superpredator, predator, deviant, terrorist, private, and privacy.

The requested documents will be made available to the general public, and this request is not being made for commercial purposes.

In the event that there are fees, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.

Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 20 business days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

Sydney Triola

From: Library of Congress

Dear Sydney Triola,

This is in response to your request dated June 22, 2022, received by this office August 9,2022, in which you requested information. The Library of Congress, an agency in the Legislative Branch of the Federal Government, is not subject to the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) (5 U.S.C. ยง552). Nevertheless, the Library provides the fullest possible disclosure of its records under the policy on Availability of Library of Congress Records, 36 C.F.R. Section 703.

You requested reference interactions, documented in LibAnswers reference analytics software, that mention any of the following key terms: rape, sexual assault, sexual harassment, sexual abuse, molestation, rapist, sexual assault victim, rape victim, monitor, monitoring, supervise, supervision, wiretap, watch, surveil, surveillance, superpredator, predator, deviant, terrorist, pirate, and privacy.

The information you requested is exempt from disclosure under 36 C.F.R. Section 703.5(b)(13.2) because records pertaining to the use of the Library and of the Library's collections are subjects of inquiry are confidential. Therefore the Library cannot release this information.

This decision can be appealed through this office. Appeals are reviewed by the Library's Office of the General Counsel.

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