§ 49-5-186. Confidentiality of information in registry; penalties for unauthorized use of information.

CODE OF GEORGIA

Title 49. SOCIAL SERVICES

Chapter 5. PROGRAMS AND PROTECTION FOR CHILDREN AND YOUTH

Article 8. CHILD PROTECTIVE SERVICES INFORMATION SYSTEM

Current through 2019 Chapter 321

§ 49-5-186. Confidentiality of information in registry; penalties for unauthorized use of information

(a) Information in the child abuse registry shall be confidential and shall not be subject to Article 4 of Chapter 18 of Title 50, and access thereto is prohibited except as provided in this article. Such information shall not be deemed to be a record of child abuse for purposes of Article 2 of this chapter.
(b)
(1) Information obtained from the child abuse registry shall not be made a part of any record which is open to the public except as provided in paragraph (2) of this subsection; provided, however, that a district attorney may use such information in any court proceeding in the course of any criminal prosecution, if such information is otherwise admissible.
(2) Notwithstanding any other provisions of law, information in the child abuse registry applicable to a child who at the time of his or her death was in the custody of a state department or agency or foster parent, which information relates to the child while in the custody of such state department or agency or foster parent, shall not be confidential and shall be subject to Article 4 of Chapter 18 of Title 50.
(c) Any person who knowingly provides any information from the child abuse registry to a person not authorized to be provided such information under this article shall be guilty of a misdemeanor.
(d) Any person who knowingly and under false pretense obtains or attempts to obtain information which was obtained from the child abuse registry, except as authorized in this article, shall be guilty of a misdemeanor.

Cite as OCGA § 49-5-186

History. Amended by 2016 Ga. Laws 625, §49, eff. 5/3/2016.

Added by 2015 Ga. Laws 77, §11, eff. 7/1/2015.