Assembly Passes Kavanagh Key Card Bill

July 2, 2007

State Assemblymember Brian Kavanagh (D-Manhattan) announced that the Assembly passed a bill he introduced that would prohibit landlords from using electronic key cards to track tenants’ personal information without their consent.

Kavanagh’s bill (A.8308) passed by a vote of 131-16, with the support of a substantial majority of both parties in the Assembly. The bill would ban electronic key cards that collect personal data, including photographs, names, addresses, or the dates and times tenants or their guests enter and exit their apartments.

Upon passage of the Assembly bill, Kavanagh said, “Key card systems that trace personal information represent a clear danger to people’s privacy. This legislation aims to ensure that we protect the privacy of all New Yorkers, especially the privacy that we all have a right to expect in our own homes.”

Although not yet taken up by the State Senate, the Assembly passage of the bill is a significant step for many of the residents of Stuyvesant Town, Peter Cooper Village, and Waterside Plaza who have fought against the imposition of key card systems in their communities.

Al Doyle, President of the Stuyvesant Town-Peter Cooper Village Tenants Association said, “I think this is progressive legislation that addresses the concerns we have. We’re glad that Assemblymember Kavanagh worked so diligently and quickly to have the legislation passed in the Assembly.” Kavanagh added that he would “continue to work with legislative colleagues in both parties and in both houses until we have enacted this legislation.”

Brian Kavanagh represents the 74th Assembly District, which includes the Lower East Side, Union Square, Gramercy, Stuyvesant Town, Peter Cooper Village, Waterside Plaza, Kips Bay, Murray Hill, and Tudor City.