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From: Robert Freeman
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Date: 4/24/2006 2:27:59 PM
Subject: FW: [wiaattorneys] Re: Can we release names of minors in youth programs

 

There is no special consideration for minors in either the Personal Privacy Protection Law or the Freedom of Information Law, just as there is no special consideration for senior citizens. However, it has been advised that list of persons identified or who participate by means of an age characteristic, by its nature, may be withheld on the ground that disclosure would constitute an unwarranted invasion of personal privacy. Similarly, when eligibility is based on income qualification, i.e., that individuals must have an income below a certain amount to qualify, we have advised that any identifying details pertaining those persons may be withheld based on consideration of privacy.

I hope that this helps.

Robert J. Freeman
Executive Director
NYS Committee on Open Government
41 State Street
Albany, NY 12231
(518) 474-2518 - Phone
(518) 474-1927 - Fax
Website - www.dos.ny.gov/coog/coogwww.html

>>> " 4/24/2006 1:45:27 PM >>>
Bob - Please accept this an informal opinion. I am on a listserv of
attorneys working on the federal Workforce Investment Act programs,
which we have discussed before. Per the email below there is clearly an
exception for unwarranted invasions to personal privacy. Are there any
special considerations for minors participating in government programs
relative to the Personal Privacy Protection Act provisions? I know
there are a line a cases regarding medical information. Thanks.

 

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