Hancock v. County of Rensselaer, No. 16-2888 (2d Cir. 2018)Annotate this Case
Plaintiffs, employees of the Rensselaer County Jail, filed suit alleging violations of their right to privacy in health information under the Fourteenth Amendment and the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA), 18 U.S.C. 1030. The district court dismissed all CFAA claims and granted summary judgment to defendants on the Fourteenth Amendment claims. The Second Circuit affirmed the dismissal of the CFAA claims, because plaintiffs failed to plead damages. The court vacated the district court's grant of summary judgment on the right to privacy in medical records claims, holding that even individuals with non-stigmatizing medical conditions have a right to privacy in their medical records, even if their interest in privacy might be less. The court remanded for further proceedings.