New York Court OKs Release of Pensioners’ Names

9 May 2014

A New York state court has ruled that the names of retired public workers in public pension systems are releasable under the state’s freedom of information law.

The Court of Appeals May 6 decided that disclosure of names is not an invasion of privacy, but that their addresses shouldn’t be made public. The state retirement systems had argued that it would not be difficult with modern technology to connect names with addresses. (Empire Center v NYS Retirement System)

The Empire Center for New York State Policy, a conservative think tank concerned about fiscal issues, had requested the information and brought the suit.

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