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

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

Wisconsin law authorizes the obtaining and filing of fingerprints, descriptions, photographs, and other available identifying data on persons who have been arrested or taken into custody in the State under specified conditions. Such information is to be made available to law enforcement agencies both within and outside the State upon compliance with the mandate that such information be used only for official purposes. Wisconsin law specifies how public records are to be maintained and managed, with attention to access to such records. Except as otherwise specified by law, any requester has a right to inspect any public record. Exceptions to this right are indicated in the law. Records exempted include any record that contains personally identifiable information that is collected or maintained in connection with a complaint, investigation, or other circumstances that may lead to an enforcement action, administrative proceeding, arbitration or court proceeding, or any record that is collected or maintained in connection with such an action or proceeding. There are provisions that allow subjects to challenge the accuracy and completeness of personal data on file in public records.

Date Published: May 1, 1997