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Minnesota votes to keep user ISP data private

by Eric Frederiksen | April 6, 2017April 6, 2017 5:00 pm PDT

The U.S. Senate and Congress voted recently to repeal recent restrictions on what user data ISPs can sell, following it with rules attempting to prevent future regulation. Minnesota, however, isn’t having any of that. The Minnesota state senate has voted to “bar internet service providers from selling their users’ personal data without express written consent,” according to the Twin Cities Pioneer-Press.

The amendment was added onto the Senate’s economic development budget bill by Sen. Ron Latz (DFL), who said it was urgently needed to protect Minnesotans’ privacy.

A narrow victory, then a landslide

The first meeting of the Minnesota Senate during the 89th Minnesota State Legislature at the State Capitol in St. Paul on Tuesday, January 6, 2015. ] LEILA NAVIDI /

The amendment was challenged on the grounds that it should go through a committee first, but Republican Senator Warren Limmer, whom the Press called a “longstanding privacy advocate,” broke with his party to help push it through by one vote.

“We should be outraged at the invasion that’s being allowed on our most intimate means of communication,” Limmer said.

Once it pushed through, the amendment was added onto the bill in a 66-1 vote. Naked Security notes that Minnesota’s other legislative house has already voted on a similar measure, so some work will need to be done before the bill goes to state governor Mark Dayton. But this is good news for Minnesotans and privacy advocates, and, hopefully, other states will soon follow suit.

Twin Cities Pioneer-Press Star Tribune

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