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August 2017

State Senator George Latimer

Legislation to Protect Student Records from Tampering Passes Both Houses

In the last days of the state legislative session, both the state Senate and Assembly passed legislation that will provide greatly enhanced protections for students’ records and data that is maintained by their colleges and universities in New York State.


The legislation, A.2093-B (Assm. Paulin) and S. 5273-A (Sen. Gallivan) updates the standards and definition of college records that must be protected from tampering or alteration under New York’s student information privacy laws. Senator George Latimer (D-Westchester) is a co-sponsor of the bill.


“It is hard to believe that a law passed in 1980 is now archaic. But with the amount of information collected about students, and the various ways that information could be misused or altered, it is imperative that we update the laws that protect them,” Senator Latimer said.


The legislation recognizes that all educational records should be protected from tampering or alteration – including academic, school medical, special education, athletic records and more. In the more than 35 years since the records protection laws were added, technological advancement has allowed for a massive increase in the information that is electronically maintained.


“Students are going to school to attain the best possible future. We need to protect them from hackers and misappropriation of their education records, so they can fulfill their aspirations,” Latimer said.


Beginning with the 2016 state legislative session, Senator Latimer and Assembly Member Paulin introduced legislation that would have specifically protected student athletic records from misuse and tampering. The goals of that legislation have been incorporated into this legislation, which now awaits action by the Governor.