The Privacy Agenda

The Privacy Initiative is committed to promoting privacy legislation at the State and Federal level.

The Privacy Agenda sets forth the Privacy Initiative’s legislative priorities.  The priorities include the following:

  1. Cyber Liaisons

Legislation to create cyber liaisons within New Jersey Police Departments.  The goal of the cyber-liaison would be to have at least one police officers in every police department trained and knowledgeable in cyber-related crimes.  For more information on cyber-liaisons click here.

  1. Reform Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act

In 1996, as a response to the Court’s decision in Stratton Oakmont v. Prodigy Services, Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act was passed by Congress.  The intention of the goal was to remove the disincentive for Internet Service Providers to remove or edit objectionable content posted on websites by third-party users.  According to the law, Internet Service Providers would be held immune for the content posted on their sites by others.  A byproduct of the law has been the ability for websites to knowingly hosting content that defames, harasses, annoys and harms others without fear of liability.  It is time that Section 230 be revisited to address the modern realities of the Internet.  For more information on suggested reforms to Section 230 of the CDA, click here.

  1. Address Confidentiality

In the Internet age, a person’s address information can be typically located with a few simple clicks.  To many individuals who have a desire or need to maintain the confidentiality of their address, the ease in which their address can be located is deeply concerning.  Additional protections must be considered in order to protect address confidentiality on the Internet.  For more information on how New Jersey could approach this important issue, click here.

As our world is reshaped by the Internet, individual privacy and security is increasingly under threat.  With this in mind, the Privacy Initiative of New Jersey has outlined legislative priorities that it believes would provide the most significant impact on protecting privacy rights.  Beyond its priorities, the Privacy Initiative of New Jersey has additional objectives, including amending the New Jersey Data Breach Notification Law, supporting the Data Broker Accountability and Transparency Act and advocating for placing limitations on the use of Social Security Numbers.  For more information on these additional objectives, click here.