This is an unofficial copy of the NYS Technology Law statute, posted here merely for convenience.
Article I - (101 - 107) OFFICE OF INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY SERVICES
101 - Definitions.
102 - Office of information technology services; director, organization and employees.
103 - Functions, powers and duties of the office.
103-A - State information technology innovation center.
104 - Advisory council for technology.
105 - Functions, powers and duties of the council.
106 - Responsibility to respond to the freedom of information law for certain data.
106-A - Health care proxy information.
107 - Severability.
§ 101. Definitions. As used in this article the following terms shall mean:
1. “Council” means the advisory council for technology.
2. “Director” means the director of the office.
3. “Office” means the office of information technology services.
4. “State agency” means any department, board, bureau, commission, division, office, council, committee or officer of the state. Such term shall not include the legislature or judiciary.
5. “Technology” means a good, service, or good and service that results in a digital, electronic or similar technical method of achieving a practical purpose or in improvements in productivity, including but not limited to information management, equipment, software, operating systems, interface systems, interconnected systems, telecommunications, data management, networks, and network management, consulting, supplies, facilities, maintenance and training.
§ 102. Office of information technology services; director, organization and employees
1. The office of information technology services is hereby created within the executive department to have and exercise the functions, powers and duties provided by the provisions of this article and any other provision of law.
2. The head of the office shall be the director of the office, who shall serve as the chief technology officer for the state of New York and shall be designated as management confidential in the noncompetitive class in accordance with the civil service law. The director shall be the chief executive officer of and in sole charge of the administration of the office. The director shall be entitled to receive reimbursement for expenses actually and necessarily incurred by him or her in the performance of his or her duties.
3. The director may, from time to time, create, abolish, transfer and consolidate bureaus and other units within the office not expressly established by law as he or she may determine necessary for the efficient operation of the office, subject to the approval of the director of the budget.
4. The director may appoint, in accordance with the civil service law, such deputies, assistants, and other officers and employees, committees and consultants as he or she may deem necessary, prescribe their powers and duties, fix their compensation, and provide for reimbursement of their expenses within the amounts appropriated therefor.
5. The director may request and receive from any department, division, board, bureau, commission or other agency of the state or any political subdivision thereof or any public authority, staff and other assistance, information, and resources as will enable the office to properly carry out its functions, powers and duties.
§ 103. Functions, powers and duties of the office. The office shall have the following functions, powers and duties:
1. To act as the official state planning and coordinating office for the advancement of technology to improve government efficiency and effectiveness, and perform all necessary and appropriate services required to fulfill these duties;
2. To advise and assist the state agencies in developing policies, plans and programs for improving the statewide coordination, administration, security, confidentiality, program effectiveness, acquisition and deployment of technology;
3. To perform technology reviews and make recommendations for improving management and program effectiveness pertaining to technology;
4. To review and coordinate the purchase of technology by state agencies. Where applicable, such review shall include but not be limited to: assessing consistency with the statewide strategic technology plan and agency technology plan; statewide technology standards; the safeguarding of information privacy; security of confidential records; and proper dissemination of public information;
5. To establish, oversee, manage, coordinate and facilitate the planning, design and implementation of the state's common technology networks;
6. To undertake research, studies and analyses, and act as a central repository, clearinghouse and disseminator of research studies, with respect to technology;
7. To facilitate and coordinate the improvement of program delivery services through technology with and among other departments, divisions and agencies of the state, its political subdivisions and municipalities;
7-a. To provide technology services via agreements with:
(a) municipal corporations, public benefit corporations and district corporations as defined in section sixty-six of the general construction law;
(b) political subdivisions as defined in section one hundred of the general municipal law;
(c) public authorities;
(d) soil and water conservation districts;
(e) any unit of the state university and city university of New York pursuant to and consistent with sections three hundred fifty-five and sixty-two hundred eighteen of the education law;
8. To encourage and foster the exchange of and increase access to information within and among public and private entities and individuals in order to improve the delivery of state programs and services of the state;
9. To undertake technology projects with a statewide or multi-agency impact and, where appropriate, designate agencies to act as lead agency for the project;
10. To establish statewide technology policies, including but not limited to preferred technology standards and security, including statewide policies, standards, programs, and services relating to the security of state government networks and geographic information systems, including the statewide coordination of geographically referenced critical infrastructure information;
11. To adopt, amend, or rescind rules and regulations necessary or convenient to the performance of the functions, powers and duties of the office pursuant to the state administrative procedure act;
12. To complete a comprehensive study of existing state information resource technology infrastructure to the extent that the information is available. Such study shall include, but not be limited to, inventories of:
(a) state operations' computer hardware and software;
(b) major physical infrastructures supporting existing operations, including power, air conditioning, space and other environmental needs;
(c) the telecommunications and other networks supporting existing operations;
(d) personnel associated with existing operations and management;
(e) expected retirement schedule of existing computer hardware and software and replacement costs; and
(f) data processing consulting and contracting services utilized.
Such study shall be completed and submitted to the governor, the temporary president of the senate and the speaker of the assembly on or before October first, two thousand two. The office shall provide interim reports on October first, two thousand and October first, two thousand one.
12-a. To develop:
(a) a methodology to ascertain how much the state spends on technology goods and services;
(b) a process to update the computer hardware and software inventory periodically;
(c) a methodology to determine the expected life-cycle of state operations' computer hardware and software which shall include the total cost of ownership; and
(d) formal disaster recovery plans for the state data center and statewide network, NY e-net; such plans shall be confidential. Such developments shall be completed and submitted to the governor, the temporary president of the senate and the speaker of the assembly on or before October first, two thousand three.
12-b. To request and shall receive from any department, division, board, commission or other agency of the state any information and resources necessary to carry out the responsibilities and provisions set forth in subdivisions twelve and twelve-a of this section.
13. To establish a multi-year statewide strategy plan covering a time period of not less than three years to promote and coordinate interagency technology efforts and initiatives that conform to the state's overarching programmatic policy under which state agencies shall develop their information resource management plans. Such plan shall be submitted to the governor, the temporary president of the senate and the speaker of the assembly upon completion on or before October first, two thousand. Such plan shall be updated as needed, but not less than once every three years;
14. To coordinate state budget submission to address known year two thousand conversion issues;
15. To conduct selective evaluations of technology activities in state agencies; and
16. To perform such acts, directly or by other means, as are necessary or convenient to carry out the office's functions, powers and duties.
17. To enter into contracts with any person, firm, corporation, not-for-profit corporation, political subdivision of the state, or governmental entity.
18. To provide for the protection of the state government's cyber security infrastructure, including, but not limited to, the identification and mitigation of vulnerabilities, deterring and responding to cyber events, and promoting cyber security awareness within the state.
19. To maintain, in electronic or paper formats, maps, geographic images, geographic data and metadata.
20. Notwithstanding the provisions of subparagraphs (i) and (ii) of paragraph (a) of subdivision eight of section seventy-three of the public officers law, former officers or employees of the office of cyber security employed by the not-for-profit corporation that operates the multi-state information sharing and analysis center may appear before and render services to any federal, state, local, territorial or tribal government relating to cyber security.
21. Notwithstanding the provisions of section one hundred sixty-three of the state finance law, section one hundred three of the general municipal law, article four-C of the economic development law, or any other provision of law relating to the award of public contracts, any officer, body, or agency of New York state, public corporation, or other public entity subject to such provisions of law shall be authorized to enter individually or collectively into contracts with the not-for-profit corporation that operates the multi-state information sharing and analysis center for the provision of services through September thirtieth, two thousand fifteen related to cyber security including, but not limited to, monitoring, detecting, and responding to cyber incidents, and such contracts may be awarded without compliance with the procedures relating to the procurement of services set forth in such provisions of law. Such contracts shall, however, be subject to the comptroller's existing authority to approve contracts where such approval is required by section one hundred twelve of the state finance law or otherwise. Such officers, bodies, or agencies may pay the fees or other amounts specified in such contracts in consideration of the cyber security services to be rendered pursuant to such contracts.
§ 103-a. State information technology innovation center
1. The director may establish a state information technology innovation center or “iCenter” to develop, pilot, and consider technology solutions to assist the state, state agencies, authorities, municipalities and other governmental entities find potential solutions to their technology needs or requirements. The director shall ensure the iCenter complies with all state laws, rules, regulations, and policies. Vendor participation in the iCenter shall not be construed to:
(a) create preferred status for any vendor in any government procurement, or
(b) abrogate the requirement that technology procurements are awarded pursuant to all applicable laws, including such laws requiring a competitive process.
2. The director shall implement guidelines to carry out the provisions of this section which shall not contravene any provision of the state finance law. Such procedures shall include, but not be limited to:
(a) establishing the process for selecting vendors for participation in the iCenter, which shall be a public process;
(b) establishing a process to determine which technology needs or requirements shall be iCenter initiatives; and
(c) establishing safeguards to ensure the iCenter does not function in a manner that results in the circumvention of competitive bidding, including but not limited to through single and sole source exemptions.
3. The director shall conduct an outreach campaign informing the public of the iCenter and shall conduct specific outreach to minority and women-owned business enterprises certified pursuant to article fifteen-A of the executive law, small businesses as such term is defined in section one hundred thirty-one of the economic development law, and service disabled veteran owned business enterprises certified pursuant to article seventeen-B of the executive law to inform such businesses of iCenter initiatives.
4. Every January first, beginning in two thousand nineteen, the director shall submit a report to the speaker of the assembly, the temporary president of the senate, and the governor detailing iCenter initiatives undertaken in the prior year. Such report shall include but not be limited to: an identification of any state resources used to support the iCenter in the prior year; the number and nature of iCenter initiatives undertaken in the prior year; the identity of vendors that participated in the iCenter in the prior year, any iCenter initiatives piloted in the prior year that were subsequently awarded a procurement contract with any state agency to the extent the office of information technology services may be aware of such contracts; and an evaluation of the effectiveness of the iCenter. Such report shall be publicly posted on the office's website.
§ 104. Advisory council for technology.
1. There shall be within the office, an advisory council for technology. The director of the office shall serve as chair of the council. The council shall be composed of a minimum of nine information resource management directors or their equivalent appointed by the governor. The governor's appointments shall be selected from state agencies. In addition, one shall be appointed upon recommendation of the temporary president of the senate and one shall be appointed upon the recommendation of the speaker of the assembly.
2. The members of the council shall receive no compensation for their services, but shall be allowed their actual and necessary expenses incurred in the performance of their duties.
§ 105. Functions, powers and duties of the council. The council shall have the following functions, powers and duties:
1. To review and comment on all rules and regulations of the office;
2. To provide guidance and support to the office in the development of any statewide plan for the further development and improvement of the state's technology acquisitions;
3. To recommend surveys and reports to be completed by the director to carry out all of the objectives and purposes of this article; and
4. To perform such other acts as may be assigned by the chairperson of the council which are necessary or appropriate to carry out the functions of the council.
§ 106. Responsibility to respond to the freedom of information law for certain data. Where the office receives a request for another agency's data which is in the possession of the office because it administers, operates or manages a statewide technology program, the office will transmit, within five days, in writing the request to the agency that owns the data with a copy of this law and send a copy of the transmittal to the requester. Upon receiving the forwarded request, the agency must comply with article six of the public officers law as if it had initially received the request. The time periods for responding to a request as required by article six of the public officers law commence when the agency receives the request from the office.
§ 106-a. Health care proxy information. Any state agency, board, bureau, authority, commission, division, or other governmental entity performing a governmental or proprietary function for the state that maintains a public website and has a significant public interaction in the field of public health shall, in consultation with the office of information technology services and the department of health, create a link on their homepage to the health care proxy information on the department of health's website. A state agency, board, bureau, authority, commission, division, or other governmental entity performing a governmental or proprietary function for the state which determines that creating such link would create a financial hardship or which do not have a significant public interaction in the field of public health shall be exempted from the provisions of this section."
§ 107. Severability. The provisions of this article shall be severable and if any portion thereof or the applicability thereof to any person or circumstances shall be held to be invalid, the remainder of this article and the application thereof shall not be affected thereby.
Article II - (201 - 208) INTERNET SECURITY AND PRIVACY ACT
201 - Short title.
202 - Definitions.
204 - Collection and disclosure of personal information.
205 - Access to personal information.
206 - Exceptions.
207 - Construction.
208 - Notification; person without valid authorization has acquired private information.
§ 201. Short title. This article shall be known and may be cited as the "internet security and privacy act".
§ 202. Definitions. As used in this article, the following terms shall have the following meanings:
1. “Collect” shall mean to store information, including via cookie technology, for purposes of retrieval at a later time to initiate communication with or make determinations about the person who is the subject of such information.
2. “Disclose” shall mean to reveal, release, transfer, disseminate or otherwise communicate information orally, in writing or by electronic or other means, other than to the person who is the subject of such information.
3. “Internet” shall mean a system of linked computer networks, international in scope, that facilitate data transmission and exchange.
4. “Office” shall mean the state office of information technology services.
5. “Personal information” shall mean any information concerning a natural person which, because of name, number, symbol, mark or other identifier, can be used to identify that natural person.
6. “State agency” shall have the same meaning as the meaning given to “agency” under subdivision one of section ninety-two of the public officers law.
7. “State agency website” shall mean an internet website operated by or for a state agency. Such term shall include those websites operated on behalf of state agencies by other public or private entities, but shall not include any portions of the internet outside the control of the state agency.
8. “User” shall mean any natural person who uses the internet to access a state agency website.
(a) a statement of any information, including personal information, the state agency website will collect with respect to the user and the use of the information;
(b) the circumstances under which information, including personal information, collected may be disclosed;
(c) whether any information collected will be retained by the state agency, and, if so, the period of time that such information will be retained;
(d) the procedures by which a user may gain access to the collected information pertaining to that user;
(e) the means by which information is collected and whether such collection occurs actively or passively;
(f) whether the collection of information is voluntary or required, and the consequences, if any, of a refusal to provide the required information; and
(g) the steps being taken by the state agency to protect the confidentiality and integrity of the information.
§ 204. Collection and disclosure of personal information. No state agency shall collect personal information concerning a user through a state agency website, or disclose personal information concerning a user to any person, firm, partnership, corporation, limited liability company or other entity, including internal staff who do not need the information in the performance of their official duties pursuant to a state agency purpose meeting the requirements of subdivision one of section two hundred six of this article, unless such user has consented to the collection or disclosure of such personal information. For the purposes of this section, the voluntary disclosure of personal information to a state agency by a user through a state agency website, whether solicited or unsolicited, shall constitute consent to the collection or disclosure of the information by the state agency for the purposes for which the user disclosed it to the state agency, as reasonably ascertainable from the nature and terms of the disclosure.
§ 205. Access to personal information. Except as otherwise provided by law, a state agency shall provide users with access to all personal information pertaining to such user which has been collected through its state agency website. Access to such personal information and the opportunity to request correction or amendment of such personal information shall be provided to users in the manner provided for access to and correction or amendment of personal information under section ninety-five of the public officers law. A state agency shall provide a user access to such personal information via the internet when such access is feasible and only if that access can be provided in a secure manner.
§ 206. Exceptions. Notwithstanding section two hundred four of this article, a state agency may collect or disclose personal information if the collection or disclosure is:
1. necessary to perform the statutory duties of the state agency that collected or is collecting the personal information, or necessary for that agency to operate a program authorized by law, or authorized by state or federal statute or regulation;
2. made pursuant to a court order or by law;
3. for the purpose of validating the identity of the user; or
4. if the information is used solely for statistical purposes and is in a form that cannot be used to identify any particular person.
§ 207. Construction. Nothing in this article shall abridge public access to information available or permitted by any other provision or rule of law, including without limitation article six of the public officers law. Nothing in this article shall authorize the collection or disclosure of information the collection or disclosure of which is prohibited or restricted by any other provision of law, including without limitation article six-A of the public officers law. Nothing in this article shall alter the obligations of state agencies and users pursuant to article six-A of the public officers law.
§ 208. Notification; person without valid authorization has acquired private information
1. As used in this section, the following terms shall have the following meanings:
(a) “Private information” shall mean either: (i) personal information consisting of any information in combination with any one or more of the following data elements, when either the data element or the combination of personal information plus the data element is not encrypted or encrypted with an encryption key that has also been accessed or acquired:
(1) social security number;
(2) driver's license number or non-driver identification card number;
(3) account number, credit or debit card number, in combination with any required security code, access code, password or other information which would permit access to an individual's financial account;
(4) account number, or credit or debit card number, if circumstances exist wherein such number could be used to access to an individual's financial account without additional identifying information, security code, access code, or password; or
(5) biometric information, meaning data generated by electronic measurements of an individual's unique physical characteristics, such as fingerprint, voice print, or retina or iris image, or other unique physical representation or digital representation which are used to authenticate or ascertain the individual's identity; or
(ii) a user name or e-mail address in combination with a password or security question and answer that would permit access to an online account.
“Private information” does not include publicly available information that is lawfully made available to the general public from federal, state, or local government records.
(b) “Breach of the security of the system” shall mean unauthorized acquisition or acquisition without valid authorization of computerized data which compromises the security, confidentiality, or integrity of personal information maintained by a state entity. Good faith acquisition of personal information by an employee or agent of a state entity for the purposes of the agency is not a breach of the security of the system, provided that the private information is not used or subject to unauthorized disclosure. In determining whether information has been acquired, or is reasonably believed to have been acquired, by an unauthorized person or a person without valid authorization, such state entity may consider the following factors, among others:
(1) indications that the information is in the physical possession and control of an unauthorized person, such as a lost or stolen computer or other device containing information; or
(2) indications that the information has been downloaded or copied; or
(3) indications that the information was used by an unauthorized person, such as fraudulent accounts opened or instances of identity theft reported.
(c) “State entity” shall mean any state board, bureau, division, committee, commission, council, department, public authority, public benefit corporation, office or other governmental entity performing a governmental or proprietary function for the state of New York, except:
(1) the judiciary; and
(2) all cities, counties, municipalities, villages, towns, and other local agencies.
(d) “Consumer reporting agency” shall mean any person which, for monetary fees, dues, or on a cooperative nonprofit basis, regularly engages in whole or in part in the practice of assembling or evaluating consumer credit information or other information on consumers for the purpose of furnishing consumer reports to third parties, and which uses any means or facility of interstate commerce for the purpose of preparing or furnishing consumer reports. A list of consumer reporting agencies shall be compiled by the state attorney general and furnished upon request to state entities required to make a notification under subdivision two of this section.
2. Any state entity that owns or licenses computerized data that includes private information shall disclose any breach of the security of the system following discovery or notification of the breach in the security of the system to any resident of New York state whose private information was, or is reasonably believed to have been, accessed or acquired by a person without valid authorization. The disclosure shall be made in the most expedient time possible and without unreasonable delay, consistent with the legitimate needs of law enforcement, as provided in subdivision four of this section, or any measures necessary to determine the scope of the breach and restore the integrity of the data system. The state entity shall consult with the state office of information technology services to determine the scope of the breach and restoration measures. Within ninety days of the notice of the breach, the office of information technology services shall deliver a report on the scope of the breach and recommendations to restore and improve the security of the system to the state entity.
(a) Notice to affected persons under this section is not required if the exposure of private information was an inadvertent disclosure by persons authorized to access private information, and the state entity reasonably determines such exposure will not likely result in misuse of such information, or financial or emotional harm to the affected persons. Such a determination must be documented in writing and maintained for at least five years. If the incident affected over five hundred residents of New York, the state entity shall provide the written determination to the state attorney general within ten days after the determination.
(b) If notice of the breach of the security of the system is made to affected persons pursuant to the breach notification requirements under any of the following laws, nothing in this section shall require any additional notice to those affected persons, but notice still shall be provided to the state attorney general, the department of state and the office of information technology services pursuant to paragraph (a) of subdivision seven of this section and to consumer reporting agencies pursuant to paragraph (b) of subdivision seven of this section:
(i) regulations promulgated pursuant to Title V of the federal Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act (15 U.S.C. 6801 to 6809), as amended from time to time;
(ii) regulations implementing the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (45 C.F.R. parts 160 and 164), as amended from time to time, and the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act, as amended from time to time;
(iii) part five hundred of title twenty-three of the official compilation of codes, rules and regulations of the state of New York, as amended from time to time; or
(iv) any other data security rules and regulations of, and the statutes administered by, any official department, division, commission or agency of the federal or New York state government as such rules, regulations or statutes are interpreted by such department, division, commission or agency or by the federal or New York state courts.
3. Any state entity that maintains computerized data that includes private information which such agency does not own shall notify the owner or licensee of the information of any breach of the security of the system immediately following discovery, if the private information was, or is reasonably believed to have been, accessed or acquired by a person without valid authorization.
4. The notification required by this section may be delayed if a law enforcement agency determines that such notification impedes a criminal investigation. The notification required by this section shall be made after such law enforcement agency determines that such notification does not compromise such investigation.
5. The notice required by this section shall be directly provided to the affected persons by one of the following methods:
(a) written notice;
(b) electronic notice, provided that the person to whom notice is required has expressly consented to receiving said notice in electronic form and a log of each such notification is kept by the state entity who notifies affected persons in such form; provided further, however, that in no case shall any person or business require a person to consent to accepting said notice in said form as a condition of establishing any business relationship or engaging in any transaction;
(c) telephone notification provided that a log of each such notification is kept by the state entity who notifies affected persons; or
(d) Substitute notice, if a state entity demonstrates to the state attorney general that the cost of providing notice would exceed two hundred fifty thousand dollars, or that the affected class of subject persons to be notified exceeds five hundred thousand, or such agency does not have sufficient contact information. Substitute notice shall consist of all of the following:
(1) e-mail notice when such state entity has an e-mail address for the subject persons;
(2) conspicuous posting of the notice on such state entity's web site page, if such agency maintains one; and
(3) notification to major statewide media.
6. Regardless of the method by which notice is provided, such notice shall include contact information for the state entity making the notification, the telephone numbers and websites of the relevant state and federal agencies that provide information regarding security breach response and identity theft prevention and protection information and a description of the categories of information that were, or are reasonably believed to have been, accessed or acquired by a person without valid authorization, including specification of which of the elements of personal information and private information were, or are reasonably believed to have been, so accessed or acquired.
7. (a) In the event that any New York residents are to be notified, the state entity shall notify the state attorney general, the department of state and the state office of information technology services as to the timing, content and distribution of the notices and approximate number of affected persons and provide a copy of the template of the notice sent to affected persons. Such notice shall be made without delaying notice to affected New York residents.
(b) In the event that more than five thousand New York residents are to be notified at one time, the state entity shall also notify consumer reporting agencies as to the timing, content and distribution of the notices and approximate number of affected persons. Such notice shall be made without delaying notice to affected New York residents.
8. The state office of information technology services shall develop, update and provide regular training to all state entities relating to best practices for the prevention of a breach of the security of the system.
9. Any covered entity required to provide notification of a breach, including breach of information that is not “private information” as defined in paragraph (a) of subdivision one of this section, to the secretary of health and human services pursuant to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 or the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act, as amended from time to time, shall provide such notification to the state attorney general within five business days of notifying the secretary.
10. Any entity listed in subparagraph two of paragraph (c) of subdivision one of this section shall adopt a notification policy no more than one hundred twenty days after the effective date of this section. Such entity may develop a notification policy which is consistent with this section or alternatively shall adopt a local law which is consistent with this section.
Article III - (301 - 309) ELECTRONIC SIGNATURES AND RECORDS ACT
301 - Short title.
302 - Definitions.
303 - Electronic facilitator.
304 - Use of electronic signatures.
305 - Use of electronic records.
306 - Admissibility into evidence.
307 - Exceptions.
308 - Personal privacy protection.
309 - Use of electronic records and signatures to be voluntary.
§ 301. Short title. This article shall be known and may be cited as the "electronic signatures and records act".
§ 302. Definitions. For the purpose of this article:
1. “Electronic” shall mean of or relating to technology having electrical, digital, magnetic, wireless, optical, electromagnetic, or similar capabilities.
2. “Electronic record” shall mean information, evidencing any act, transaction, occurrence, event, or other activity, produced or stored by electronic means and capable of being accurately reproduced in forms perceptible by human sensory capabilities.
3. “Electronic signature” shall mean an electronic sound, symbol, or process, attached to or logically associated with an electronic record and executed or adopted by a person with the intent to sign the record.
4. “Person” shall mean a natural person, corporation, trust, estate, partnership, incorporated or unincorporated association or any other legal entity, and also includes any department, agency, authority, or instrumentality of the state or its political subdivisions.
5. “Governmental entity” shall mean any state department, board, bureau, division, commission, committee, public authority, public benefit corporation, council, office, or other governmental entity or officer of the state having statewide authority, except the state legislature, and any political subdivision of the state.
§ 303. Electronic facilitator
1. The office of information technology services shall be the electronic facilitator and administer this article. In addition to the authority, duties and responsibilities set forth in article one of this chapter,1 the electronic facilitator shall have the authority, duties and responsibilities granted in this article.
2. The electronic facilitator shall have the following functions, powers, and duties:
(a) To promulgate rules and regulations consistent with the provisions of this article. In developing rules and regulations, the electronic facilitator shall seek the advice of the attorney general, the state comptroller, the director of budget, government and private entities and individuals as the electronic facilitator deems appropriate.
(b) To cooperate with government and private entities and individuals in order to assist in the development and implementation of this article.
(c) To develop guidelines for the improvement of business and commerce by electronic means. Such guidelines shall identify preferred technology standards relating to security, confidentiality and privacy of electronic signatures and electronic records.
§ 304. Use of electronic signatures.
1. The electronic facilitator shall establish rules and regulations governing the use of electronic signatures and authentication. The electronic facilitator shall not establish rules or regulations that seek to apportion fault or impose or limit liability relating to the use of electronic signatures.
2. In accordance with this section unless specifically provided otherwise by law, an electronic signature may be used by a person in lieu of a signature affixed by hand. The use of an electronic signature shall have the same validity and effect as the use of a signature affixed by hand.
§ 305. Use of electronic records.
1. In accordance with rules and regulations promulgated by the electronic facilitator, government entities are authorized and empowered to produce, receive, accept, acquire, record, file, transmit, forward, and store information by use of electronic means. If any such government entity uses electronic records, it must also ensure that anyone who uses the services of such government entity may obtain access to records as permitted by statute, and receive copies of such records in paper form in accordance with fees prescribed by statute. No person shall be required to submit or file any record electronically to any government entity except as otherwise provided by law. Government entities that obtain, store, or utilize electronic records shall not refuse to accept hard copy, non-electronic forms, reports, and other paper documents for submission or filing except as otherwise provided by law.
2. A government entity shall have the authority to dispose of or destroy a record in accordance with the arts and cultural affairs law, regardless of format or media.
3. An electronic record shall have the same force and effect as those records not produced by electronic means.
4. The director shall study how electronic documents and the mechanisms and processes for obtaining access to and reading electronic data can be created, maintained, exchanged, and preserved by the state in a manner that encourages appropriate government control, access, choice, interoperability, and vendor neutrality. The study shall consider, but not be limited to, the policies of other states and nations, management guidelines for state archives as they pertain to electronic documents, public access, expected storage life of electronic documents, costs of implementation, and savings. The director shall solicit comments regarding the creation, maintenance, exchange, and preservation of electronic documents by the state from stakeholders, including but not limited to, the office of the state comptroller, the office of the attorney general, the state archives, and the state historian. The director shall also solicit comments from members of the public. The director shall report findings and recommendations to the governor, the speaker of the assembly, and the temporary president of the senate on or before January fifteenth, two thousand eight.
§ 306. Admissibility into evidence. In any legal proceeding where the provisions of the civil practice law and rules are applicable, an electronic record or electronic signature may be admitted into evidence pursuant to the provisions of article forty-five of the civil practice law and rules1 including, but not limited to section four thousand five hundred thirty-nine of such law and rules.
§ 307. Exceptions. This article shall not apply:
1. To any document providing for the disposition of an individual's person or property upon death or incompetence, or appointing a fiduciary of an individual's person or property, including, without limitation, wills, trusts, decisions consenting to orders not to resuscitate, powers of attorney and health care proxies, with the exception of: (a) contractual beneficiary designations; and (b) the registration of making, amending, or revoking an anatomical gift under section forty-three hundred ten of the public health law.
2. To any negotiable instruments and other instruments of title wherein possession of the instrument is deemed to confer title, unless an electronic version of such record is created, stored or transferred pursuant to this article in a manner that allows for the existence of only one unique, identifiable and unalterable version which cannot be copied except in a form that is readily identifiable as a copy.
3. To any other document that the electronic facilitator has specifically excepted, pursuant to the rules and regulations of the electronic facilitator, from the application of this article.
§ 308. Personal privacy protection.
1. Any information reported to the electronic facilitator by a government entity in connection with the authorization of an electronic signature shall continue to be withheld from public disclosure if such information was withheld from public disclosure by such government entity. Electronic records shall be considered and treated as any other records for the purposes of the freedom of information law as set forth in article six of the public officers law1 and the personal privacy protection law as set forth in article six-A of the public officers law.
2. A person or an entity that acts as an authenticator of electronic signatures shall not disclose to a third party any personal information reported to it by the electronic signatory other than the information necessary to authenticate the signature unless the disclosure is made pursuant to a court order or statute, or if the information or data is used solely for statistical purposes in aggregate form. For purposes of this section, “personal information” shall mean data that identifies a specific person, including but not limited to home and work addresses, telephone number, e-mail address, social security number, birthdate, gender, marital status, mother's maiden name, and health data.
§ 309. Use of electronic records and signatures to be voluntary. Nothing in this article shall require any entity or person to use an electronic record or an electronic signature unless otherwise provided by law.