Keep Police Out of Contact Tracing

As calls to defund police grow, we cannot allow more personal information to fall into their hands.

Identifying people who may have been exposed to COVID is a critical step to reopening our state. But in order to do that, any contact tracing effort must have strong privacy protections – otherwise people won’t participate in it and it won’t work.

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Governor Andrew M. Cuomo

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Keep Police Out of Contact Tracing

Identifying people who may have been exposed to COVID is a critical step to successfully reopening our state. But in order to do that, any contact tracing effort must have strong privacy protections.

As calls to defund police grow, we cannot allow more personal information to fall into their hands. There is a bill in the legislature (A. 10500-C/S. 8450-C) that will ensure that any contact tracing program will not share information with law enforcement or immigration authorities.

This legislation is important for racial justice, privacy, and public health reasons. Any contact tracing effort will only be effective if a large number of New Yorkers participate in it. And people will be more likely to opt-in to any contact tracing program if they know that anything collected will only be accessed and utilized for public health purposes under strict rules.

We cannot let the pandemic provide an excuse to give widely distrusted and discredited police departments more of our information.

Please sign this legislation immediately to keep law enforcement out of any contact tracing program.

Sincerely,

[First Name] [Last Name]
[Your Address]

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