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Compendium of State Privacy and Security Legislation: 1997 Overview - Nebraska; Revised Statutes of Nebraska

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

Nebraska's Security, Privacy, and Dissemination of Criminal History Information Act is intended to control and coordinate criminal offender recordkeeping within the State and establish more efficient and uniform systems of criminal offender recordkeeping. Further, it is designed to ensure periodic audits of such recordkeeping so as to determine compliance with the act. It also aims to establish a more effective administrative structure for the protection of individual privacy in connection with such recordkeeping, as well as to preserve the principle of the public's right to know of the official actions of criminal justice agencies. A number of sections provide definitions for criminal history record information, a criminal justice agency, direct access, disposition, operator, and person. Procedures pertinent to data accuracy, completeness, security, and privacy are mandated for criminal justice agency, as sections of the law focus on the disposition of cases, reports, forms, and the adoption of rules and regulations. Requirements and restrictions on access to criminal history information are also specified. Information that is considered "public record" is defined. The powers of the Nebraska Commission on Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice regarding the management of criminal history information are also indicated, along with penalties for violating the act. Chapter 84, Article 7 of Nebraska Revised Statutes instructs State officers regarding the kinds of records that may be withheld from the public. Also included is an opinion by the Nebraska Attorney General regarding the State Patrol's retention of juvenile fingerprints in addition to forwarding them to the records repository. Conditions for taking a juvenile's fingerprints are indicated as well.

Date Published: May 1, 1997