Minneapolis moves to make License Plate Reader data private

At the direction of Mayor R.T. Rybak and the Minneapolis City Council, City staff have submitted an application to the Minnesota Department of Administration requesting that all data collected by the Minneapolis Police Department’s Automated License Plate Reader (ALPR) system be temporarily classified as not-public data.

The Minneapolis Police Department currently uses Automated License Plate Readers for a number of law enforcement and public safety purposes including finding stolen vehicles and tracking potential suspects in homicides. The data can also be used to determine whether:

Risks of keeping data public

While this data has many law enforcement uses, there is a need to reclassify it as private data to protect the public’s health, safety, privacy, and well-being. For example, if this data remains public:

The City of Minneapolis is also requesting that the 2013 legislature classify this data as private. However, until the legislature has amended the Minnesota Data Practices Act, the City has requested this temporary classification. Per state statue, when the Minnesota Department of Administration receives the City’s application today, the data will become private for 45 days.

Published Dec 18, 2012

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