A number of sections of Oklahoma's Title 22 pertain to records management. One specifies the grounds for expunging a criminal record, and another details the procedures for sealing and unsealing criminal records. The sealing of records of persons who complete a deferred prosecution program is addressed in other sections of Title 22, and the parameters for disclosure of information on a person in a deferred prosecution program are specified. The Oklahoma Open Records Act ensures and facilitates the public's right of access to and review of government records, so they may efficiently and intelligently exercise their inherent political power. The privacy interests of individuals are protected in the specific exceptions to the Open Records Act or in the statutes that authorize, create, or require the records. Except where specific State or Federal statutes create a confidential privilege, persons who submit information to public bodies have no right to keep this information from public access nor reasonable expectation that this information will be kept from public access. Chapter 5 of Title 74 pertains to the powers and duties of the State Bureau of Investigation. The Bureau maintains fingerprint and other identification files, including criminal records, juvenile identification files and DNA profiles. Any information furnished as provided in this statute is privileged and not a part of any public record.
Compendium of State Privacy and Security Legislation: 1997 Overview - Oklahoma; Title 22
This is a 1997 overview of Oklahoma law pertinent to the privacy and security of criminal justice information.
Date Published: May 1, 1997