‘Daniel’s Law’ online portal will soon be open to officials covered by the law to have personal information removed from public disclosure
TRENTON, NJ – Following the opening of the Office of Information Privacy (OIP) in March to facilitate the state’s implementation of Daniel’s Law, the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs (DCA) and l OIP announces that an online portal will be launched on July 12, 2022 for all public officials and public bodies authorized to request that specific personal information be deleted from certain records and internet postings.
Daniel’s Law was enacted in response to the tragic death of Daniel Anderl, the son of Judge Esther Salas and Mark Anderl. The law prohibits the disclosure of the residential addresses of certain persons covered by the law (“Covered Persons”) on websites controlled by state, county and local government agencies. The community of covered persons includes former, active and retired court officers, prosecutors and law enforcement personnel, as well as their immediate family members residing in the same household.
“Daniel’s Law has quickly become a central part of our approach to ensuring that our dedicated public servants feel safe and protected in their homes from those seeking revenge or harm,” said Lieutenant Governor Sheila Oliver. , who is commissioner of the DCA. “To do their job effectively, public servants need to feel safe. OIP works hand-in-hand with our state agencies and partners to ensure this portal does what it is meant to do – protect and save lives.
“The Information Privacy Office stands ready to honor redaction requests and perform the task of protecting covered officials who reside in New Jersey,” said OIP Director Christine Campbell. “We remain confident that we can work with public agencies and affected individuals to make the safeguards at the center of this law a reality.”
“Not a day goes by that I don’t think of my Daniel. For me and my husband Mark there is nothing we can do to bring our Daniel back. However, if you are a covered person, you have an option,” said U.S. District Judge Esther Salas. “Please log in to the portal on July 12, follow the steps, and request Daniel’s Law safeguards.”
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As those covered wait for the portal to open on July 12, DCA and OIP suggest that they create an account on the MyNewJersey website if they do not already have one. When the OIP portal is available, they will use their MyNJ login to access the portal. While most active covered persons already have such accounts, retired or formerly active covered persons may not. Taking this step now will allow covered persons to submit their claims as soon as the OIP portal is ready to receive them.
The OIP was established within DCA under PL2021, c.371 and signed into law by Governor Murphy earlier this year to create and manage the process by which authorized persons can register for personal address information. a Covered Person be removed from certain Internet records and postings. Approved Persons include anyone who is a covered person (former magistrates, prosecutors, and active and retired law enforcement officials), a federal district court or marshals service delegate, certain persons legally appointed to act on behalf of a Covered Person, and the parents or legal guardians of Covered Persons who are minors.
The OIP guidelines will inform state, county, and local government agencies of the steps they must take to secure personal information when a deletion request has been approved by the OIP for a Covered Individual.
For more information about the Office of Information Privacy, please visit: nj.gov/dca/oip/.
DCA offers a wide range of programs and services, including energy assistance, housing vouchers, affordable housing production, fire and building safety, community planning and development, local government management and finance, as well as disaster recovery and mitigation.