Late last week, Gov. Mark Dayton signed a bill written by Sen. Branden Petersen (R-Andover) that makes it slightly harder for law enforcement agencies to track cell phones and the court process more transparent.Though he initially testified against it, James Franklin, executive director of the Minne ... More >>
Last winter, news broke that the Hennepin County Sheriff's Office and Bureau of Criminal Apprehension owned "cellular exploitation devices" called KingFish or StingRay. They basically function like cell phone towers, allowing officers to gather data from nearby phones.Law enforcement agencies can us ... More >>
:::: UPDATE :::: The Star Tribune, citing anonymous sources, reports that the two officers in question have been fired. KARE 11's Jana Shortal reports the same thing. In a release distributed this afternoon, the Minneapolis Police Department announced that Police Chief Janeé Harteau "has reached ... More >>
A Mankato-based law firm filed lawsuits this week against the Department of Human Services and the Department of Natural Resources alleging employees in both state agencies regularly breached the private data of Minnesotans. Scott Kelly, an attorney bringing the suits, couldn't speculate as to how ... More >>
The Osseo-Maple Grove youth hockey association is apparently dissatisfied with the way a scandal involving the high school team was handled, prompting two unusual motions to be placed before board members.SEE ALSO: Maple Grove hockey player says he graduated from the "college of porn" The first is a ... More >>
Al Franken's Location Privacy Protection Act won approval from the Senate Judiciary Committee yesterday, meaning the bill moves to the full Senate for debate.SEE ALSO:-- For Franken and Klobuchar, does money from big media mean support for PIPA?-- Al Franken cries on Senate floor [VIDEO]"The bill wo ... More >>
Anne Marie Rasmusson -- the subject of our February cover story, "Is This Woman Too Hot to Have a Driver's License?" -- will receive at least $665,000 to settle the invasion of privacy lawsuit she filed against the agencies, individual officers, and governing bodies that unlawfully accessed her pers ... More >>
More than six months after filing her lawsuit, the former St. Paul cop alleging one of the largest-known private data breaches in law enforcement history is naming names. SEE ALSO: Anne Marie Rasmusson sues cops who accessed her record Anne Marie Rasmusson's driver's license accessed 174 times in ... More >>
In February, we brought you the story of Jeff Carpenter, a Forest Lake resident whose two beloved deer were unceremoniously shot in his front yard by a young policeman named Brent Degroot. At the time, Carpenter said his family was "trying to move on," but added that life wasn't the same following t ... More >>
Her photo was the honeypot local law enforcement couldn't resist
OccupyMN.org died briefly on the table.Occupy MN devotees awoke this morning to find the group's website OccupyMN.org was down. All that was left was a blank iPage with the words "This site has been suspended." According to Occupy MN spokeswoman April Lukes-Streich that's because some malicious ... More >>
Tony Webster says the online crash database violates Minnesota data laws. Last week the Minnesota Department of Public Safety disabled a database following an allegation that a security flaw left private information of Minnesota drivers "vulnerable" to public access. Tony Webster, a web develope ... More >>
Fairview Hospital can't keep a secret.The thief probably thought he was just stealing a laptop. Instead, the private information of about 16,000 Fairview and North Memorial hospital patients is in someone's hands, and the best the hospitals can do now is apologize.Hospital officials acknowledged ... More >>
Al wants to know what Apple knows.Al Franken pounced on Apple yesterday in a Senate hearing on privacy and mobile devices. Franken had summoned Apple executives as well as representatives from Google and others to discuss the companies' privacy policies. Specifically, Franken wanted to tal ... More >>
Via Al Franken's Facebook pageIt sounds reasonable enough: Facebook ought to keep your personal information private by default. But that's not what happens anymore. Facebook now shares your personal information with third-party vendors by default. And it now stores some data indefinitely. ( ... More >>
Campaign officials announced Wednesday that their private information was likely breached and they are suggesting contributors cancel their credit cards.
Norm Coleman is dealing with a public relations disaster today as they try to control information about a potential leak of personal data from 50,000 donors.
Jonathan Krim writes in the WashPost of a new Pentagon plan to collect information on high school and college students; the ostensible purpose is to help military recruiters target the likeliest (most desperate?) among them. The program is provoking a furor among privacy advocates. The new databas ... More >>
Minnesota's public-data watchdog Don Gemberling retires
When state legislators weigh privacy rights against the public's right to know, they call Don Gemberling: Big Brother's Big Brother
Big Brother is watching: Can he tell whether you prefer good gin or cheap beer?
Minneapolis officials want a law to keep internal investigations secret--just in case.