Senator Ron Latz (DFL – St. Louis Park) will introduce legislation to place guardrails on high priority, official record, email data retention—marking minimum retention periods and destruction methods. Sen. Latz intends to further clarify what emails should be kept for official record and have a greater value to the public.
Sen. Latz said “The November 29th Star Tribune article on the Hennepin County’s new policy of mandatory destruction of email data concerns me. The Freedom of Information Act has been a critical tool for citizen and press engagement with their governmental units. Preservation of digital documents is essential for a responsive press to shine light on internal practices.”
Senator Latz strongly believes that these policies should be discussed in depth by the State Legislature in the 2017 session. Data practices policy has long been a bi-partisan issue at the State Legislature and the Senator is looking forward to working with stakeholders to find the measure that strikes the proper balance for public transparency.