- The Washington Times - Tuesday, June 29, 2010

A Massachusetts city councilor’s request to publicize the names of people caught looking at pornography on library computers has run into a roadblock — the city’s lawyer.

James Timmins, the lawyer in charge of reviewing the request for the Quincy City Council, intends to advise Ann McLaughlin, Qunicy’s librarian director, not to release the information. He believes that it would break privacy laws.

“There is not a written advisory on it yet, but I will advise her not to release the list,” he told The Washington Times on Tuesday.

The request was made by Ward 2 Councilor Daniel Raymondi, who wants to “get ahead of” the growing problem of people who do not adhere to the “appropriate-use policy” established by the city library. The city council sent a resolution last week to Mayor Thomas Koch, which calls for the mayor to send the council a list of people who viewed pornography on library computers in the last year. The resolution was approved by the council June 21.

The mayor would need to get the list from Ms. McLaughlin, who sought Mr. Timmins‘ legal advice. According to Mr. Timmins, he had yet to speak to the librarian about the matter as of late Tuesday afternoon.



Mr. Raymondi did not return a request for comment.

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