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Compendium of State Privacy and Security Legislation: 1997 Overview - Arizona

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May 1997
This is a 1997 overview of Arizona law pertinent to the privacy and security of criminal justice information.

Arizona law provides for the establishment and operation of a central repository for the collection, storage, and dissemination of criminal history record information; the Department of Public Safety is responsible for this repository. The law specifies what information is to be collected and sets the parameters for how the information is to be used. Law provides that the Criminal Identification Section of the Department of Public Safety shall collect and administer identification data, such as fingerprints and photographs. Such information is to be provided to law enforcement agencies to facilitate the performance of their official duties. Information on convictions can be disseminated to non-law enforcement agencies of the State or its political subdivisions for the purpose of evaluating the fitness of prospective employees of these agencies. Licensing and regulatory agencies can also access these records for the purpose of assessing the fitness of prospective licensees. The law provides that any party or agency that has been denied information has a right to a hearing, as does any party or agency sanctioned for noncompliance with the law governing records management.

Date Published: May 1, 1997