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New to Minnesota's public access and privacy laws or just need a refresher?

Here is an overview of the Data Practices Act (pdf) and an overview of the Open Meeting Law (pdf). To learn more about a specific data practices or open meeting topic, hover over the "Access to Data" or "About Public Meetings" menus above.

Police Body Camera Temporary Classification Request

The City of Maplewood, along with eighteen other law enforcement agencies, requested temporary classification of certain police body camera data.

The Commissioner acted on the request on September 28, 2015.

Guidance on the classification of police body camera data.

Automatic License Plate Reader Audits

New legislation related to law enforcement agencies’ use of automatic license plate readers (ALPR) places new requirements on agencies who use ALPR. More information about the reporting requirements for these audits will be available prior to 2017.

Sample Policy Guidance

IPAD developed sample policy guidance to meet the new requirements in Minnesota Statutes, section 13.05, subd. 5, effective August 1, 2014, related to ensuring appropriate access to not public data.

Recent Commissioner of Administration Advisory Opinions

Commissioner issues Advisory Opinion 16-004 that certain data elements in combination are private education data, so employees without a work assignment/ legitimate educational interest can’t have access.

Commissioner issues Advisory Opinion 16-005 about the Open Meeting Law requirements for special meetings, as well as limits placed on a quorum, and the Westfield Township Board of Supervisors.

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Upcoming Workshops & Events

The Ins and Outs of Government Records

Tuesday, August 23, 2016, 1:00pm-2:15pm
Rondo Public Library, St. Paul (on the Green Line)

Free and open to the public!
Learn more about the event.

IPAD on the Road

IPAD staff will be presenting/training at these upcoming events:

July 21, 2016, Minnesota State Academies Board Training, Fairbault.

September 13, 2016, Ramsey County presentation, St. Paul.

October 2-5, 2016, The Minnesota Family Support and Recovery Council Annual Meeting, St. Cloud.

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