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Thu Jul 4, 2013, 08:18 AM

Citing privacy concerns, Nixon vetoes state database of workers comp claimants

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon followed through Tuesday with an apparent shift in his position on government retention of the public’s personal information, by vetoing a bill that would have mandated a state database – accessible to employers – of all Missourians who file workers’ compensation claims.

“There is a stark contrast between lawmakers’ rhetoric on the issue of privacy and their record,” Nixon said in a strongly worded statement.

“While professing to champion privacy rights, this General Assembly quietly passed a bill to create – and allow broad access to – a new electronic database containing the personal information of hundreds of thousands of law-abiding Missourians,” the governor continued. “This misguided legislation would have invaded Missourians’ right to privacy by making their personal information available to employers on a government website without their consent. Invading Missourians’ privacy will not grow our economy or move our state forward.”

According to Nixon’s staff, the governor’s action retains the current law, whereby “workers’ compensation information is available, but only under limited circumstances and subject to strict privacy protections, including requiring the permission of the prospective employee.”

https://www.stlbeacon.org/#!/content/31705/nixon_scanning_070213

Thank You Gov. Nixon!

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Response to Sherman A1 (Original post)

Thu Jul 4, 2013, 08:20 AM

1. That fucking liberal hippie!!!

 

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Thu Jul 4, 2013, 09:04 AM

2. Because unlike metadata and envelopes

That could be classed as private data.

Plus Tricky Dicky would have been protecting his pals in business from having their businesses and their sharp practises exposed to the light

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Thu Jul 4, 2013, 04:28 PM

3. Good for him

So prospective employees could refuse to give permission to a company to inspect their workcomp history? Let's see a show of hands from everyone who thinks they'd stand any chance of being hired. $1M to the first who can prove it. No takers? I thought not.

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