The MNCOGI board recently approved its draft of a possible “traveling law enforcement data” bill at its November 11th meeting. The draft language creates a classification scheme for law enforcement data entering Minnesota from other states, and sets out the following results:
1. Data that is already public in another state would remain public when transferred to Minnesota;
2. Data that is already classified as “not public” data in another state would remain “not public” in Minnesota for a period of one year. After that time it would become public data in Minnesota, unless the data became part of a Minnesota criminal investigation.
MNCOGI’s language would also require that agencies keep a public log with details about the “traveling law enforcement data” coming into their possession. Finally, bi-annual audits would be required to ensure that “traveling” data that became part of a Minnesota criminal investigation met the threshold for “criminal investigative data” as set out by state law.
The draft bill has been shared with the Minnesota Chiefs of Police Association, as part of ongoing talks about this issue. Watch this space for more updates on this process.
– Matt Ehling, MNCOGI board member