Bills would protect public health workers and employees in the Department of Corrections
DENVER, CO– The House Judiciary Committee today passed two bills to prevent the doxxing of public health workers, law enforcement officials, and employees and contractors of the Department of Corrections.
HB21-1107, sponsored by Representatives Yadira Caraveo, D-Thornton, and Terri Carver, R-Colorado Springs, would create anti-doxxing protections for public health workers. Currently, it is unlawful to post on the internet the personal information of a law enforcement official, if that information poses an imminent and serious threat to the official or the official’s family. HB21-1107, which passed today by a vote of 11-0, would add the same protections for public health workers.
“Public health workers have been on the frontlines keeping Coloradans safe through this unprecedented crisis, but many have faced harassment and death threats with reckless individuals even posting their addresses and personal information on the internet,” said Rep. Caraveo, D-Thornton, a physician. “It’s time we stand up and say with one clear voice that we will not tolerate actions that threaten our public health officials and their families. Too many have quit their jobs after threats during this pandemic, and passing this basic set of privacy protections will help us retain the officials we depend on during crises like COVID-19.”
HB21-1015, sponsored by Representatives Kerry Tipper, D-Lakewood, and Terri Carver, R-Colorado Springs, would create anti-doxxing protections for employees at the Department of Corrections. The bill would add dissemination of personal information that poses a serious risk to a Department of Corrections employee or their family to Colorado’s existing anti-doxxing statutes. The bill passed 11-0.
“Department of Corrections employees and their families must be protected from people who would wish to cause them harm by posting their personal information online, and that’s what this bill would do,” said Rep. Tipper, D-Lakewood. “This simple change will mean more of our state employees who work every day to keep Colorado safer will now also feel safe at home.”