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Data provisions modified (new law)

Published (5/30/2008)
By Craig Green
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A new law makes changes to the Minnesota Government Data Practices Act Chapter 13 of Minnesota Statute.

Sponsored by Rep. Steve Simon (DFL-St. Louis Park) and Sen. Mary Olson (DFL-Bemidji), the law affects different areas of local and state government data management.

Some of the changes effective Aug. 1, 2008, include:

willful violation of the Data Practices Act by a government entity carries a penalty between $1,000 and $15,000, an increase from $100 to $10,000;

government entities are prohibited from mailing any items with Social Security numbers displayed, and are prohibited from requiring Social Security numbers be written on the outside of submitted correspondence;

the Department of Employment and Economic Development may share inmate employment information with the Department of Corrections for pre- and post-confinement planning;

use of data from customers using parking facilities at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport is restricted; and

marriage dissolution documents dealing with child support or spousal maintenance must include Social Security numbers on a separate non-public document.

Effective July 1, 2009, data collected on the storage and use of explosives or blasting agents will be non-public.


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