senate Bill S1327

Establishes a process for the regulation of collecting, recording, and disclosing confidential information by state employees

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  • 28 / Jan / 2009
    • REFERRED TO CODES
  • 06 / Jan / 2010
    • REFERRED TO CODES

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Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A10559
Versions:
S1327
Legislative Cycle:
2009-2010
Current Committee:
Senate Codes
Law Section:
Civil Rights Law

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BILL NUMBER: S1327

TITLE OF BILL :
An act to amend the civil rights law, in relation to regulating the
collection, recording and disclosing of confidential information
obtained by state employees in the course of official duties


PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL :
This bill will make it the policy of state employees to keep sensitive
information they encounter while performing the functions of their job
confidential. Exceptions are made for disclosures necessary to perform
essential tasks and those that are required by law.

SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS :
Adds a new section 50-f to the civil rights law.

JUSTIFICATION :
This bill will protect sensitive information and allow individuals to
rest assured that the information they provide to agents of the state
will be held in confidence. Encouraging greater candor in dealings
with state agencies will result in increasingly effective agencies,
safer streets and greater protections of privacy within New York.

Confidential information under this law includes any information
obtained by a state agency, officer or employee, concerning an
individual's health or disability status, income tax records, sexual
orientation, status as a crime victim or witness, public assistance
status, immigration status, or any information otherwise protected
from disclosure by any provision of federal, state, or local law.

Additionally, a mechanism to allow individuals to register complaints
about uncooperative employees and a civil penalty to be levied against
non-compliant agencies will help to enforce this legislation.

PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY :
2008: S.6738 Serrano - Referred to Codes

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS :
To be determined.

EFFECTIVE DATE :
Immediately.
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