Data Privacy Rights
All government data collected, created, received, maintained or disseminated by a government agency in Minnesota is public unless it is otherwise classified by law. The Minnesota Government Data Practices Act ( Minnesota Statute Chapter 13 ) establishes the following rights and responsibilities for access to government data:
Records containing government data must be easily accessible for convenient use and agencies must receive and comply with requests for data in an appropriate and prompt manner.
The public has the right to inspect public government data at reasonable times and places at no cost.
The public has the right to get copies of public government data upon request. They will be charged as established in the data charges guidelines
The public has the right to be informed of the meaning of public data.
If the public asks to see data classified as non-public, you must inform them of that fact and tell them the statute or law that classifies the data. This may be done either verbally or in writing.
Correspondence of elected officials is private but may be made public by either the Council Member or the person sending/receiving the information per Minnesota Statute 13.601 .
Complaint data involving the use of real property is classified as confidential data. The name of the person making the complaint must not be released per Minnesota Statute 13.44 .
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Last updated Feb. 28, 2013