Goyer v. New York State Department of Environmental Conservation

813 N.Y.S.2d 628 (2005)

From our private database of 46,100+ case briefs, written and edited by humans—never with AI.

Goyer v. New York State Department of Environmental Conservation

New York Supreme Court
813 N.Y.S.2d 628 (2005)

LJ

Facts

Jacqueline Goyer (plaintiff) was employed by the New York Assembly. For approximately nine years, the assembly requested information from the New York Department of Environmental Conservation (the department) (defendant) regarding its issuance of deer-management permits. Effective in 2002, the deer-management-permit information was stored in a combined centralized computer management program that included deer-management permits as part of all hunting, fishing, and trapping licenses issued by the department. Specifically, the database contained the private information gathered from the license applications, such as the applicant’s height, weight, driver’s license number, medical restrictions, military service, residential address, and personal telephone number. In addition to the licenses, the computer management program also contained the personal information of the department’s magazine subscribers. In February 2004, acting both as a citizen taxpayer and as an employee of the assembly, Goyer submitted an open-records request for the deer-management-permit applications. Specifically, Goyer requested that the records be produced in an electronic format including a copy of the file layout, the codes used and what the codes referred to, and the total record count. The department denied the request, citing that its disclosure of the records would constitute an unwarranted invasion of personal privacy. Specifically, the department asserted that information regarding the individual deer-management permits should be treated as private information because it pertained to the applicant’s personal hobby. Additionally, the department raised security concerns, asserting that the release of the applicants’ personal information could alert outsiders of the applicants’ firearms ownership, thereby leading to home break-ins or identity theft. Goyer appealed the department’s decision, seeking the release of the documents. Goyer contended that the focus of her request was on the licenses and not the individuals. Goyer further asserted that other government-issued licenses, such as business licenses, had been subject to disclosure.

Rule of Law

Issue

Holding and Reasoning (McCarthy, J.)

What to do next…

  1. Unlock this case brief with a free (no-commitment) trial membership of Quimbee.

    You’ll be in good company: Quimbee is one of the most widely used and trusted sites for law students, serving more than 748,000 law students since 2011. Some law schools—such as Yale, Berkeley, and Northwestern—even subscribe directly to Quimbee for all their law students.

    Unlock this case briefRead our student testimonials
  2. Learn more about Quimbee’s unique (and proven) approach to achieving great grades at law school.

    Quimbee is a company hell-bent on one thing: helping you get an “A” in every course you take in law school, so you can graduate at the top of your class and get a high-paying law job. We’re not just a study aid for law students; we’re the study aid for law students.

    Learn about our approachRead more about Quimbee

Here's why 748,000 law students have relied on our case briefs:

  • Written by law professors and practitioners, not other law students. 46,100 briefs, keyed to 987 casebooks. Top-notch customer support.
  • The right amount of information, includes the facts, issues, rule of law, holding and reasoning, and any concurrences and dissents.
  • Access in your classes, works on your mobile and tablet. Massive library of related video lessons and high quality multiple-choice questions.
  • Easy to use, uniform format for every case brief. Written in plain English, not in legalese. Our briefs summarize and simplify; they don’t just repeat the court’s language.

Access this case brief for FREE

With a 7-day free trial membership
Here's why 748,000 law students have relied on our case briefs:
  • Reliable - written by law professors and practitioners, not other law students
  • The right length and amount of information - includes the facts, issue, rule of law, holding and reasoning, and any concurrences and dissents
  • Access in your class - works on your mobile and tablet
  • 46,100 briefs - keyed to 987 casebooks
  • Uniform format for every case brief
  • Written in plain English - not in legalese and not just repeating the court's language
  • Massive library of related video lessons - and practice questions
  • Top-notch customer support

Access this case brief for FREE

With a 7-day free trial membership