Access to Information

The Minnesota Government Data Practices Act, Minnesota Statutes, Chapter 13:

  • Presumes government data are public;
  • Provides the classification scheme for all government information;
  • Classifies some data as not public;
  • Provides rights for the public and data subjects; and
  • Requires that data on individuals are accurate, complete, current, and secure.

An individual's right to access data depends on the classification of the data.

This handout provides an overview of the Data Practices Act

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Violations of the Data Practices Act can result in civil and criminal penalties. View a narrated PowerPoint presentation on penalties and remedies.

The Legislature and Judiciary are not subject to the Data Practices Act - those branches have their own records access rules.