Consumer and Privacy Groups Support New York State COVID Privacy Bill

Access Now, Common Sense, Consumer Federation of America, Consumer Reports, Electronic Frontier Foundation, New York Civil Liberties Union, and New America’s Open Technology Institute support S. 8448C/A. 10583B to protect the privacy and security of data collected pursuant to the COVID-19 crisis, including health information, geolocation data and contact-tracing data. This bill puts important limits on the collection, use, and disclosure of this data, ensures that New Yorkers cannot be discriminated against on the basis of the data, and requires entities to protect the information from unauthorized access.