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TRENTON, NJ – New Jersey has passed a law safeguarding those serving in the justice system and their immediate family members living in the same residence from keeping their home addresses and personal identifying information private.
Under the new law, the Office of Information Privacy in the Department of Community Affairs will be created to allow authorized persons to submit or revoke a request for the redaction or nondisclosure of a covered person’s home address from certain public records or internet postings. Such requests must be submitted through a secure portal and approved by the Director of the Office of Information Privacy.
The law seeks to address challenges with implementing “Daniel’s Law,” which was signed into law in 2020 to protect the home addresses and telephone numbers of judges, prosecutors, and law enforcement officers from public disclosure. “Daniel’s Law” was created in response to the death of U.S. District Judge Esther Salas’ son, Daniel Anderl, who was shot and killed by a gunman believed to be targeting Judge Salas.
Before becoming law, a bill, A-6171, sponsored by Assemblywomen Annette Quijano, Yvonne Lopez, Assembly Speaker Craig J. Coughlin, and Assemblyman Raj Mukherji, was signed into law on Wednesday, Jan. 12. With its passage, the four state lawmakers stated that “it is critical that we offer these public servants protection and safeguard them from possible retaliation should they be targeted for doing their jobs.”
“With this new law, we can better protect the privacy of our judges and prosecutors by ensuring that their personal addresses do not fall into the wrong hands,” they said. — With Jay Domingo/PDM