License Plate Reader Legislation Moves Forward

Legislation regarding the retention of data collected from license plate readers used by law enforcement has cleared a procedural hurdle on Tuesday. Under current law, Minnesota has no guidelines on how long license plate information can be stored and accessed, prompting privacy concerns. The legislation would allow law enforcement agencies to retain the data for up to 90 days to allow police to use the information in ongoing investigations, after which point it must be disposed of. The legislation will be sent to the Transportation Committee after referral to the Rules Committee. (S.F. 86)

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