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Compendium of State Privacy and Security Legislation: 1997 Overview - Connecticut; Connecticut General Statutes Annotated

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

Connecticut law provides for the erasure of criminal justice records for persons found not guilty of the charge or for whom the charge is dismissed. Provisions on the security and privacy of criminal records mandate that all criminal justice agencies that collect, store, or disseminate criminal history record information shall institute a process of data collection, entry, storage, and systematic audit that will minimize the possibility of recording and storing inaccurate criminal history record information. A procedure is authorized for challenging the completeness and accuracy of criminal history information. Provisions authorize the disclosure of non-conviction information by a criminal justice agency only under specified conditions. Statutory provisions regarding the establishment and duties of the State Police Bureau of Identification are also included in this compendium. The Bureau is responsible for collecting, maintaining, and disseminating identification information, such as fingerprints and photographs. Under Connecticut law, such files are considered privileged and shall not be disclosed for any personal purpose or in any civil court proceedings except upon a written order of the judge of an established court wherein such civil proceedings are conducted. Connecticut law on access to public records establishes the right of any person to obtain access to such records, except for exemptions specified in the law. Also included in this compendium is Connecticut law on State agency responsibilities in the management of personal data so as to ensure compliance with privacy and security mandates under Connecticut law.

Date Published: May 1, 1997