As Attorney General, Richard Brodsky will aggressively use the resources of the officeto defend every New Yorker’s right to privacy. Already he has spent a career crusadingagainst intrusions into the private matters of New Yorkers. He fought for regulations toinclude privacy protections in the New York Department of Transportation’s vastsurveillance Closed Circuit Television System in the Hudson Valley—a surveillancesystem providing government with the ability to monitor, identify and disseminateinformation about individuals on a large-scale. He also passed innovative laws to protectonline privacy rights and he has fought to enshrine privacy rights in the StateConstitution. Recently, he launched an inquiry into the Google Maps feature that allowsusers to see 360-degree photographs of a road or avenue. While conducting the mapssurvey, the company tapped into unsecured WiFi connections and was able to store e-mails of unwitting computer users.
As Attorney General, Brodsky
will continue and have greater focus on protecting the right to privacy of all NewYorkers.
The Brodsky Roadmap to Protect New Yorkers’ Privacy in theInformation Age
The following is a comprehensive approach to protecting privacy in the InformationAge. It includes statutory and constitutional changes, increased coordination between thevarious watch dog agencies and a focus on enforcing current laws to maximize andprotect New Yorkers’ privacy rights.
Enshrining the Right of Privacy in the New York State Constitution
There are many important ways the State and the Attorney General’s office can pursueto ensure that the right of privacy is protected. The most important is an amendment to
the State Constitution. The State Constitution is a social contract between citizens and thestate. There are certain rights that individuals have that are inalienable and need to be protected. The state has a constitutional obligation to protect a person’s right to
education, a safe work place, free speech, and other central attributes of personal liberty.The right to privacy should be added to this list. As Attorney General Richard willintroduce the following text, and see it become part of our constitution, “that the inherentright of each person to personal privacy shall not be infringed."
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