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Title VIII PUBLIC OFFICERS AND EMPLOYEES, BONDS AND RECORDS

Chapter 105

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  105.1500.  Citation of law — definitions — public agencies, personal information disclosures, not required, when — exceptions — violations, remedies. — 1.  This section shall be known and may be cited as "The Personal Privacy Protection Act".

  2.  As used in this section, the following terms mean:

  (1)  "Personal information", any list, record, register, registry, roll, roster, or other compilation of data of any kind that directly or indirectly identifies a person as a member, supporter, or volunteer of, or donor of financial or nonfinancial support to, any entity exempt from federal income tax under Section 501(c) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended;

  (2)  "Public agency", the state and any political subdivision thereof including, but not limited to, any department, agency, office, commission, board, division, or other entity of state government; any county, city, township, village, school district, community college district; or any other local governmental unit, agency, authority, council, board, commission, state or local court, tribunal or other judicial or quasi-judicial body.

  3.  (1)  Notwithstanding any provision of law to the contrary, but subject to the exceptions listed under subsection 4 of this section, a public agency shall not:

  (a)  Require any individual to provide the public agency with personal information or otherwise compel the release of personal information;

  (b)  Require any entity exempt from federal income taxation under Section 501(c) of the Internal Revenue Code to provide the public agency with personal information or otherwise compel the release of personal information;

  (c)  Release, publicize, or otherwise publicly disclose personal information in possession of a public agency; or

  (d)  Request or require a current or prospective contractor or grantee with the public agency to provide the public agency with a list of entities exempt from federal income taxation under Section 501(c) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended, to which it has provided financial or nonfinancial support.

  (2)  All personal information in the possession of a public agency shall be considered a closed record under chapter 610 and court operating rules.

  4.  The provisions of this section shall not preclude any individual or entity from being required to comply with any of the following:

  (1)  Submitting any report or disclosure required by this chapter or chapter 130;

  (2)  Responding to any lawful request or subpoena for personal information from the Missouri ethics commission as a part of an investigation, or publicly disclosing personal information as a result of an enforcement action from the Missouri ethics commission pursuant to its authority in sections 105.955 to 105.966;

  (3)  Responding to any lawful warrant for personal information issued by a court of competent jurisdiction;

  (4)  Responding to any lawful request for discovery of personal information in litigation if:

  (a)  The requestor demonstrates a compelling need for the personal information by clear and convincing evidence; and

  (b)  The requestor obtains a protective order barring disclosure of personal information to any person not named in the litigation;

  (5)  Applicable court rules or admitting any personal information as relevant evidence before a court of competent jurisdiction.  However, a submission of personal information to a court shall be made in a manner that it is not publicly revealed and no court shall publicly reveal personal information absent a specific finding of good cause; or

  (6)  Any report or disclosure required by state law to be filed with the secretary of state, provided that personal information obtained by the secretary of state is otherwise subject to the requirements of paragraph (c) of subdivision (1) of subsection 3 of this section, unless expressly required to be made public by state law.

  5.  (1)  A person or entity alleging a violation of this section may bring a civil action for appropriate injunctive relief, damages, or both.  Damages awarded under this section may include one of the following, as appropriate:

  (a)  A sum of moneys not less than two thousand five hundred dollars to compensate for injury or loss caused by each violation of this section; or

  (b)  For an intentional violation of this section, a sum of moneys not to exceed three times the sum described in paragraph (a) of this subdivision.

  (2)  A court, in rendering a judgment in an action brought under this section, may award all or a portion of the costs of litigation, including reasonable attorney's fees and witness fees, to the complainant in the action if the court determines that the award is appropriate.

  (3)  A person who knowingly violates this section is guilty of a class B misdemeanor.

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(L. 2022 H.B. 2400)


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