House Committee Hears Bill to Make All Rideshare Data Private

State law currently classifies city rideshare data as public, which could endanger the safety and welfare of riders.
(Published Feb 11, 2019)

The House Judiciary Finance and Civil Law Division on Feb. 5 heard HF 361 (Rep. Tina Liebling, DFL-Rochester), a bill that would provide consistent classification for rideshare and transit customer data, no matter which government entity holds it.

The bill was laid over for possible inclusion in the omnibus data practices bill.

Rochester official testifies

Nick Lemmer, communications and outreach coordinator for Rochester Public Parking and Transit, testified that to accommodate for the population growth in Rochester, the city is encouraging commuters to use alternative methods of getting to work, including rideshare and carpool.

Because the law currently classifies this data as public, sharing this data could endanger the safety and welfare of its riders. That is why the Department of Administration has issued a temporary data classification of private.

—See accepted applications for temporary classifications

League supports bill

The League also testified in support of the bill because even though the data on the riders, such as pick up and drop off locations, held by cities is public data, this same data held by Metro Transit and Minnesota Department of Transportation is private. This bill would rectify this inconsistency.

Senate hearings

The Senate Judiciary and Public Safety Finance and Policy Committee is hearing the rideshare data bill (SF 468, Sen. Carla Nelson, R-Rochester) on Feb. 11. It is anticipated the Senate will also lay the bill over for possible inclusion in the Senate version of the omnibus data practices bill.

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