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The Freedom of Information Law (FOIL) pertains to rights of access conferred upon the public while the Personal Privacy Protection Law (PPPL) pertains to rights of access conferred upon an individual.  

Freedom of Information Law (FOIL)

The Freedom of Information Law (FOIL), originally enacted in 1974, affirms your right to know how your government operates. It provides rights of access to records reflective of governmental decisions and policies that affect the lives of every New Yorker.

Personal Privacy Protection Law (PPPL)

The Personal Privacy Protection Law (PPPL), enacted in 1984, pertains to personal information collected and maintained by state agencies. State agencies are required to meet standards of fair information practices regarding the collection, maintenance, use and disclosure of personal information. The Personal Privacy Protection Law seeks to ensure that you have the right to inspect or copy records pertaining to you. 

Record requests must be submitted in writing to:

Douglas Panico
Records Access Officer
Administration Building
Stony Brook, NY 11794-1308
Fax: 631-632-2981

When requesting records, you must submit a request in writing that "reasonably describes" the record sought, so please be as specific and detailed as possible in the description of your Freedom of Information Law request. If possible, supply any dates, titles, file designations, reference numbers or any other information that will help to find the requested records.

To expedite your request and to enable us to contact you, if necessary, please include a postal mail address, phone number, and e-mail address in your request.

Committee on Open Government