ST. PAUL, Minn – Sen. Ron Latz (DFL-St. Louis Park) is working quickly to protect Minnesotans’ online privacy rights. Due to a joint resolution passed by Congress this week, that is likely to be signed by President Trump, Minnesotans will soon be vulnerable to have their browsing history, health data, financial information, online purchase data, app usage and geo-location recorded by internet providers and sold by them to the highest bidder.
Late Wednesday evening, Sen. Latz authored an amendment on the floor of the Minnesota Senate to prevent this practice. Sen. Warren Limmer (R-Maple Grove) spoke forcefully in support of the amendment, which then passed with overwhelming bipartisan support.
“This amendment is about standing up and saying that our online privacy rights are critically important. The amendment states that Minnesotans shall not have their personal information from their use of internet or telecommunications services collected by providers WITHOUT their express written approval. It won’t circumvent the federal government, but it will give Minnesotans a legal recourse to protect their privacy,” said Sen. Latz.