NYC area municipal information governance expert explains Daniel's Law, why it's important, and examples of harm to public officials prior to the law—in a new article from Messaging Architects
HOBOKEN, N.J., June 8, 2023 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ -- Messaging Architects, an eMazzanti Technologies Company and municipal information governance expert, explains Daniel's Law and how it relates to public information in a new article. The informative article first relates the origin and scope of Daniel's law in New Jersey.
The author explains that Daniel's Law was enacted in response to the fatal shooting of Daniel Anderl, a relative of Judge Esther Salas. The gunman had obtained the home address of Judge Salas from public records. Thus, the law prohibits the disclosure of the home addresses and phone numbers of certain public officials. He also relates several examples of harm to public officials that illustrate how public records can put public servants and their families at risk.
"Daniel's Law illustrates the need for data privacy and sensitive and informed municipal data governance," stated Greg Smith, Vice President of Services Delivery at Messaging Architects. "Municipal governments face significant challenges to achieving data transparency while protecting information, the public, and public officials."
Below are a few excerpts from the article, "Daniel's Law Highlights the Need to Redact Public Records."
What is Daniel's Law in New Jersey?
"Daniel's Law (P.L. 2021, c. 371) was signed by Governor Phil Murphy on January 19, 2021, in response to the fatal shooting of Daniel Anderl. The gunman had obtained the home address of Judge Esther Salas from public records. The attacker also wounded Mark Anderl, the husband of Judge Salas, before killing himself."
"Daniel's Law prohibits the disclosure of the home addresses and phone numbers of certain public officials. The law protects active or retired federal and state judges, prosecutors, and law enforcement officers, and their immediate family members. It prohibits their information from being published on websites controlled by state, county, and local government agencies."
Why is Daniel's Law important?
"Daniel's Law also recognizes that public records are not always benign or harmless. Indeed, they can be used for nefarious purposes by those who intend to harm others. By creating a mechanism for redacting personal information from public records, Daniel's Law balances the need for transparency and accountability with the desire for security and protection."
Pre-Daniel's Law Harm
"These examples illustrate how public records can put public servants and their families at risk. Daniel's Law serves as a step towards preventing such tragedies by ensuring that those who serve justice can do so without fear. Implemented by various agencies, Daniel's law and similar statutes require compliance and effective information governance to succeed."
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