Data Practices: Analyze, Classify and Respond

Informational Memo

Published: August 19, 2020

Data Practices
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See accompanying model documents below.

This material contains general information; it is not intended to be a substitute for legal advice. Any attorney general opinions cited in this material are available on request from the League’s Research and Information Service staff.

Learn your responsibilities under Minnesota’s Government Data Practices Act (MGDPA) for data your city creates or maintains. Understand how to balance the public’s right to know what their government is doing with an individuals’ right to privacy in government data created and maintained about them, and the city’s need to function responsibly and efficiently.

Major data categories for individuals are public, private, and confidential. Discusses areas commonly of city interest such as criminal and other law enforcement or police data, personnel data, property complaint information, utility data, bidding information, threatened or pending litigation, and how to coordinate privacy requirements with the open meeting law. City responsibility to designate a responsible authority, name a compliance official and their duties.  Use of Tennessen warnings, waivers and informed consent. Recording council meetings.

Use these model documents with the discussion on “Data Practices”: