Executive Order

Executive Order  No. 115: Security and Privacy Council

Date: 03/21/1975
Issuer: Michael S. Dukakis

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WHEREAS, agencies of state government must be ever mindful of the compelling need to assure individual privacy for the citizens of Massachusetts;

WHEREAS, there exists a need to consolidate, insofar as is practical, in a single state agency primary responsibility for insuring that the right to individual privacy is respected by all state government agencies;

WHEREAS, the security and privacy council created pursuant to G. L. c.6, §170 is the existing state agency having as its primary responsibility the statutory charge to study, review and make recommendations "concerning questions of individual privacy and system security in connection with the collection, storage, dissemination and usage of criminal offender record information."

WHEREAS, the expertise arising out of the security and privacy council's work in the area of criminal offender record information makes it, with an expanded charge and an expanded membership, the appropriate state agency to consider the best methods of assuring respect for individual privacy throughout the Executive Department of state government;

NOW THEREFORE, I, Michael S. Dukakis, Governor of the Commonwealth, by virtue of the authority vested in me as Supreme Executive Magistrate, do hereby order as follows:

  1. In addition to the members provided by G.L. c.6, §170 (herein known as the "statutory members"), the Governor shall, from time to time, appoint additional members (herein known as the "ex officio members"), which ex officio members shall include the Attorney General, or his or her designee, and the Secretary of State, or his or her designee, to serve as ex officio members of the security and privacy council for a term of one year.
  2. The security and privacy council shall discharge the functions provided for by G. L. c.6, §170 and §175, as such statute has been or may hereafter be amended. In discharging such statutory functions, the statutory members may from time to time invite the ex officio members to assist them.
  3. In addition to discharging its statutory functions, the security and privacy council shall conduct a continuing study and review and shall make recommendations to the appropriate cabinet secretary and to the governor concerning questions of individual privacy in connection with the activities of state agencies within the Executive Department and of private organizations whose activities are the subject of regulation by such state agencies. In discharging these functions all members, both statutory and ex officio, shall participate under such rules or regulations as the members may from time to time adopt.

Given at the Executive Chamber in Boston this 21st day of March in the year of our Lord, One Thousand Nine Hundred and Seventy-Five, and of the independence of the United States of America, One Hundred Ninety-Ninth.

Michael S. Dukakis


Commonwealth of Massachusetts

Paul Guzzi

Secretary of State

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