Information Privacy

  • Blogs

    November 20, 2014

    Al Franken Grills Uber Over Privacy Policy

    Sen. Al Franken wants some answers from Uber after a BuzzFeed story quoted one of Uber's top executives suggesting the company should dig up dirt on journalists critical of the company. Franken, the chair of a Senate subcommittee on privacy and technology, sent a letter to Uber's CEO yesterday aski ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 14, 2014

    GOP gubernatorial candidate Jeff Johnson: A primer

    After a crowded but largely uneventful primary season, Gov. Mark Dayton finally found out who his general election challenger will be late Tuesday night. Jeff Johnson, the former Hennepin County commissioner and GOP-endorsed candidate, snagged the nomination with 30 percent of the vote, beating out ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 21, 2014

    Sen. Branden Petersen's cell phone tracking bill becomes law

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    April 23, 2014

    MNGOP Sen. Branden Petersen to introduce "nation leading" electronic data privacy law

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    December 3, 2013

    MPD distributes bizarre release about cops who were caught dropping N-bomb last summer

    :::: 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 >>

  • Blogs

    February 15, 2013

    Lawsuits: Dept of Human Services, DNR employees breached private data

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    February 6, 2013

    Maple Grove hockey coach Stefano faces no-confidence vote following purported sex scandal

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    December 14, 2012

    Al Franken doesn't want mobile app companies to sell your location data without permission

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    October 17, 2012

    Anne Marie Rasmusson will receive at least $665,000 to settle invasion of privacy lawsuit

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    October 2, 2012

    Anne Marie Rasmusson names cops in data breach lawsuit

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    April 6, 2012

    Brent Degroot, Forest Lake officer, cleared of wrongdoing for killing deer in caretaker's yard

    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 >>

  • News

    February 22, 2012

    Is Anne Marie Rasmusson too hot to have a driver's license?

    Her photo was the honeypot local law enforcement couldn't resist

  • Blogs

    November 1, 2011

    Occupy MN website hacked died briefly on the table.​Occupy MN devotees awoke this morning to find the group's website 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 >>

  • Blogs

    October 24, 2011

    Tony Webster alleges security flaw in Minnesota DVS

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    September 28, 2011

    Laptop with Fairview, North Memorial patients' information was stolen

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    May 11, 2011

    Al Franken skewers Apple over iPhone tracking [VIDEO]

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    April 28, 2010

    Al Franken targets Facebook privacy

    Via Al Franken's Facebook page​It 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 >>

  • Blogs

    March 11, 2009

    Coleman warns supporters their credit card data likely breached

    Campaign officials announced Wednesday that their private information was likely breached and they are suggesting contributors cancel their credit cards.

  • Blogs

    March 11, 2009

    Coleman campaign: 50,000 supporters had personal data leaked

    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.

  • Blogs

    June 23, 2005

    Dwindling military enlistment? The Pentagon has a plan

    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 >>

  • News

    April 14, 2004

    Privacy Eyes

    Minnesota's public-data watchdog Don Gemberling retires

  • News

    January 9, 2002

    Data Man

    When state legislators weigh privacy rights against the public's right to know, they call Don Gemberling: Big Brother's Big Brother

  • Books

    August 29, 2001

    Strip Search

    Big Brother is watching: Can he tell whether you prefer good gin or cheap beer?

  • News

    February 25, 1998

    Kill the Messenger

    Minneapolis officials want a law to keep internal investigations secret--just in case.

  • News

    February 11, 1998
  • Feature

    April 2, 1997
  • News

    March 20, 1996
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    February 21, 1996