New York strengthens Internet privacy

New York strengthens Internet privacy

New York Gov. George E. Pataki signed into law a bill that requires state agencies to develop policies to enhance online privacy.

The Internet Privacy Policy Act requires the state's Office for Technology to develop a model online privacy notice for state Web sites. The legislation bars state agencies from collecting or disclosing users' personal information without their consent.

The law also lets users access all personal information that state agencies collect and maintain via Web sites, according to the sponsors of the bill, Assemblyman Bob Sweeney and Sen. Kemp Hannon. Pataki signed the law Dec. 19.

The state will provide its privacy guidelines to businesses to help them develop their privacy policies, the lawmakers said.

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