Data Practices Legislative Commission Starts Meeting

October 4, 2021

The newly reconstituted commission is shaping the agenda for many meetings before the next legislative session.

The Legislative Commission on Data Practices and Personal Data Privacy met for the first time on Sept. 21.

Watch a video of the meeting

This Legislative Commission is planning to meet at least monthly until the start of the 2022 legislative session, which is Jan. 31, 2022.

At the Sept. 21 meeting, the Data Practices Office provided an overview of Data Practices. The Legislative Commission discussed potential future topics to be addressed in its upcoming meetings. There was also written testimony submitted by the public that included possible recommendations from open government advocates.

Potential upcoming topics

The discussion included wanting to tackle large issues, but also wanting to provide tangible recommendations for the Legislature in 2022.

Possible future topics included: artificial intelligence, data sharing with audit trails, data practices impact on remote meetings, facial recognition, body cameras, consumer data privacy, student data privacy, neurodata, deep fakes, and health records in the private sector.

Legislative Commission members

The Legislative Commission chair is Rep. Jamie Becker-Finn (DFL-Roseville), who also serves as the chair of the House Judiciary Finance and Civil Law Committee. The vice chair is Sen. Andrew Mathews (R-Princeton), who is also the chair of the Senate Civil Law and Data Practices Committee.

The other members include Rep. Kaohly Her (DFL-St. Paul), Rep. Eric Lucero (R-St. Michael), Rep. Peggy Scott (R-Andover), Sen. Karla Bigham (DFL-Cottage Grove), Sen. Jim Carlson (DFL-Eagan), and Sen. Warren Limmer (R-Maple Grove).

Purpose of Legislative Commission

The Legislative Commission on Data Practices and Personal Data Privacy was created to study issues relating to government data practices and individuals’ personal data privacy rights and to review legislation impacting data practices, data security, and personal data privacy.

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