Kavanagh’s Tenant Key-Card Privacy Bill Passes Assembly

May 6, 2009

On May 6, 2009, the Assembly passed Assemblymember Brian Kavanagh’s tenant key-card privacy bill, A00514, which would prohibit landlords from employing key-card systems to track personal information without tenants’ consent. The bill, sponsored in the Senate by State Senator Tom Duane, would restrict the use of key-card systems that collect personal data, including photographs, names, addresses, and the dates and times tenants or their guests enter and exit their apartments. Kavanagh’s bill also passed the Assembly in 2006 and 2007. With a new Majority in the Senate, it is expected to get more favorable consideration in that house this year.