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New York Privacy: What you need to know

New York provides judicial relief for invasion of privacy under Sections 50 and 51 of the New York Civil Rights Law. Section 51 explains that written consent is needed before a person's name, portrait, or picture is used for advertising or trade purposes. Any person violated under these sections may bring an action in the Supreme Court of New York and obtain equitable relief or initiate a lawsuit to recover damages (actual and possibly punitive) for any injuries sustained by reason of such use.
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Employers may not make a video recording of an employee in a restroom, locker room, or room designated by an employer for employees to change their clothes, unless authorized by court order. The law does not prohibit video recording by any law enforcement personnel engaged in the conduct of his or her authorized duties (NY Labor Law Sec. 203-c) .
State law prohibits eavesdropping by way of wiretapping, mechanical overhearing of a conversation, or intercepting or accessing of an electronic communication (NY Penal Law Sec. 250.05).
Spying on employees as they engage in concerted activities is an unfair labor practice under state law (NY Labor Law Sec. 704).
Information that is controlled by the state of New York is protected by state law (NY Public Officers Law Sec. 96 et seq.). The information can be released only under certain circumstances. For example, a disclosure may be made by written request or by voluntary written consent of the subject that describes the information to be obtained, to whom such information is to be disclosed, and the purpose for which that information will be used.
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