New local law includes massive invasion of privacy
Posted in the Albany Forum
#1 Jul 25, 2012
SUBSTANTIAL OPPOSITION ANTICIPATED AT SECOND PUBLIC HEARING ON LOCAL LAW F
Law to require purchasers of jewelry to submit personal information to police
AlBANY, NY - JULY 25, 2012 - Dan McCoy, the Albany County Executive, will be holding a public hearing on proposed Local Law F this coming Monday evening, July 30th, at 6pm in the Cahill Room at 112 State Street in Albany.
The public hearing follows a contentious Albany County Legislative meeting in which legislators had tried to table the controversial law for thirty days to allow additional changes. The motion was defeated and the legislature passed the legislation. In order to become law the bill must now be signed by the County Executive.
The Albany County Dealers Association, which has actively supported an amended version of the law, is hopeful that Dan McCoy, Albany County Executive, will choose to veto the law.
The Dealers Association, business owners and concerned citizens allege that the law, in its current version, creates a substantial invasion of privacy for anyone buying jewelry in the County and that its passing could have substantially negative impacts on the jewelry industry.
"Requiring that personal identifying information including a license number, address and physical description, be transmitted to the police when someone purchases jewelry for their wife or girlfriend does nothing to recover stolen property," states Jason Pierce, President of the Albany County Dealers Association.
"This law was supposed to protect consumers, not to violate their right to privacy," states Mr. Pierce.
Provisions of the new law require any company which sells or purchases gold, silver or platinum jewelry to be licensed and bonded. Licensed "dealers" will then be required to submit a daily report to the City of Albany Police Department containing a photograph and description of any items bought or sold along with personal information and a description of the buyer or seller.
The Dealers Association maintains that such reporting may be a violation of the United States Constitution, which offers certain protections to personal privacy as a protected liberty interest. The Association argues that the County has failed to show any compelling public benefit to recording purchases by consumers.
It is also unclear how large corporations, such as Walmart, Macy's and others will comply with the local law which would require them to implement new point of sale systems, train their staff and implement compliance with reporting.
In addition to issues with reporting, the Dealers Association has cited other problems with the law including a lack of any substantial protection against fly-by-night hotel buyers issuing bad checks, an issue which has recently gained public attention as several lawsuits have been filed against such companies.
"We are hopeful that the County Executive will side with Albany County citizens and business owners and choose to veto this legislation," states Mr. Pierce who expects a substantial turnout at the public hearing.
#2 Jul 25, 2012
Translation: "I have to limit my purchases to non-stolen goods? Outrageous!!!!!"
#3 Jul 25, 2012
The law applies to ALL purchases of ALL NEW AND USED jewelry. Any time you purchase a piece of jewelry a photograph of the piece, along with a description, your license, address and a physical description will be sent by the jeweler to police department.
#4 Jul 25, 2012
And, how long is this information stored for? It should be the seller to provide the info, just in case its stolen.
#5 Jul 25, 2012
This is the kind of hairbrained shit I expect to read in the Ravena forum LOL
#6 Jul 25, 2012
Referring to the law, not the posters.
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