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Compendium of State Privacy and Security Legislation: 1997 Overview - Missouri

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May 1997
This is a 1997 overview of Missouri law pertinent to the privacy and security of criminal justice information.

Under Missouri law, the central repository of the Missouri State highway patrol criminal records division is responsible for compiling and disseminating complete and accurate criminal history records. Data on arrest, charge, and disposition of misdemeanors and felonies are sent to the central repository; a procedure is mandated for certain juveniles. One section of the law sets parameters for access to the central repository by private entities responsible for probation services. All criminal history information administered by the central repository, except criminal intelligence and investigative information, may be made available to qualified persons and organizations for research, evaluative, and statistical purposes under written agreements designed to ensure the security and confidentiality of the information and the protection of the privacy interests of the individuals who are subjects of the criminal history. The law also sets parameters for who can have access to criminal history records for background checks. Further, statutory requirements are set for records pertinent to criminal identification, such as photographs and fingerprints. Statutory provisions also govern access to public records, with sanctions prescribed for any State personnel who do not comply with this law. Other laws pertain to the expungement of records, access to "911" telephone reports, and administrative rules for the management of data privacy and security. This compendium also contains a list of non-criminal justice agencies eligible to receive criminal offense records, as well as policies for criminal history records management. Five figures display the forms used in collecting various types of criminal justice information.

Date Published: May 1, 1997