NY Updating Birth, Death, Marriage, Other Records


New York’s Health Department is updating its storage of more than 30 million personal records following an investigation into the inadvertent 2012 release of the confidential record of a birth mother.

Inspector General Catherine Leahy Scott says the department has also implemented new controls on the release of birth, death, adoption, marriage and other vital records.

The investigation cited human error in the release of the birth record and also found the filing system was susceptible to that and the inadvertent loss or destruction of records.

According to her report, the department now requires triplicate checks before releasing records and has begun digitizing paper and card files.