The Chief Privacy Officer is seeking input from stakeholders on how the City can best serve the public's privacy interests while continuing to advance the programs and services that aid New Yorkers every day. While this form will remain on this website for comments on an ongoing basis, comments received by January 4, 2019 will be considered by the CPO in developing the City's new privacy policies and protocols.*
The City of New York employs hundreds of thousands of public servants who administer a broad range of programs and services and interact with the public in many ways that may involve the use of personally identifying information. To advance best practices in protecting the privacy of such information, the City Council enacted Local Laws 245 and 247 (together known as the "Identifying Information Law") in December 2017, effective June 15, 2018, which established new requirements concerning the collection, retention and disclosure of identifying information by City agencies. In March 2018, the Mayor appointed the City's first Chief Privacy Officer (CPO) and established the Mayor's Office of Information Privacy, which serves as a centralized, citywide resource in privacy protection.
The Identifying Information Law requires the CPO to issue new citywide policies and protocols on or about early 2019 that will further support City agencies' privacy protection practices. This mandate presents an opportunity for the City to continue to develop a unified and consistent framework to further support agencies in protecting the privacy and security of individuals' personally identifying information in a manner that is consistent with applicable laws and regulations.