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Fleming Passes Legislation that Studies Data Encryption Software to Protect Witness Identity


This resolution aims to direct the Department of Information Technology in consultation with the District Attorney’s Office and the Suffolk County Police Department to study the feasibility of using data encryption software to protect the personal information of victims and/or witnesses when communicating such information to defense counsel. The study will examine the costs and feasibility of procurement and utilization of encryption software to safeguard personal information of victims or witnesses.
A written report containing the findings of the study and approved by the Department of Information Technology, in consultation with the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office and the Suffolk County Police Department, will be delivered to the County Executive, the Clerk of the Legislature, and each member of the County Legislature within 90 days of the effective date of this Resolution.
Legislator Fleming remarked “This is an important step toward ensuring the criminal justice system is fair and equitable. As a former sex crimes prosecutor, I recognize the importance of steps that must be taken to protect crime victims.”