Date Established: 3/8/2018
Date Last Updated:
Human Resources, Information Technology
Office of General Counsel
This policy provides guidance when a legally authorized individual requests access to a deceased or incapacitated individual’s electronic data in a UB account.
The University at Buffalo (UB, university) is committed to the protection and confidentiality of electronic information. However, the university recognizes that it may be necessary to allow access to electronic data contained within a deceased or incapacitated individual’s UB account.
A request to access electronic data must originate from a legally authorized individual (e.g., executor, holder of power of attorney) supported by a legal document demonstrating authorization.
Electronic data will be released as permitted by law, including the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), Freedom of Information Law (FOIL), the Personal Privacy Protection Law (PPPL), and Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). In the event of a dispute over the ownership and release of electronic data, the legally authorized individual may make an appeal to the Office of General Counsel.
In accordance with the Computing and Network Use Policy, permission is required to view another individual’s electronic data. This policy:
This policy applies to the electronic data associated with an individual’s UBITName.
Electronic data associated with an individual’s UBITName.