“We applaud the city for being so responsive to our concerns and now New Yorkers have significantly improved privacy protections when using public Wi-Fi,” said NYCLU Senior Staff Attorney Mariko Hirose. “Internet access is a modern-life necessity and public WiFi should be designed in partnership with the community to minimize the privacy risks of data collection and maximize the benefits to the public.”
The new policy announced today makes the following improvements:
- Clarifies that browsing history from personal devices will not be stored.
- Sets the retention period of most technical information for individual sessions to 60 days from the end of their last activity.
- Clarifies that disclosure of information will occur only as required by law and that there will be notice.
- Additional limitations on camera use and disclosure of data.