Starting May 2022, Civil Rights Law Section 52-a is effective. It provides that any employer who monitors or otherwise intercepts electronic mail or transmissions by an employee shall give prior written notice upon hiring the employee. The attorney general may enforce the provisions of this law and any employer found in violation shall be subject to a maximum penalty of $1,000 for each offense. The provisions of this law shall not apply to processes performed solely for computer maintenance and/or protection.

See Senate Bill S2628, signed by Governor on November 8, 2021.