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Data Practices

The Minnesota Government Data Practices Act (Minnesota Statutes Chapter 13) is a state law that creates both rights and obligations around government data. 

The Data Practices Act applies to state agencies, statewide systems, counties, statutory or home rule charter cities, school districts, and certain townships located in the metropolitan area. The Data Practices Act does not apply to the legislature or judicial branch. 

For more information on the requirements and classifications of government data in the Data Practices Act and other Minnesota law, visit our pages below.

Data Practices Rules and Requirements

There are many legal requirements for administering government data. Find out more here.

Requesting Data

Learn how to request data and see a sample request.

Data Classifications

How data are classified in the Data Practices Act

Types of Data

Learn more about different types of data here.

Warnings and Notices

Government must provide legal notices when collecting and using certain data. See explanations and examples here.

Who to Contact

Government entities must have certain data practices contacts. Learn more about their roles here.

Challenges and Appeals

Government data about individuals must be accurate and complete. Learn more about challenging government's determination.

Temporary Classification

Government entities may apply for a not-public classification of data that are currently public.


An explanation of the differences between the Minnesota Government Data Practices Act and the federal Freedom of Information Act.

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