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The Data Practices Act (Chapter 13 of Minnesota Statutes) and Minnesota Rules, Chapter 1205, assign a number of duties to government entities. The specific employees in the entity who have the authority and responsibility for carrying out these duties are the:

  • responsible authority (RA);
  • designee (one or more); and
  • data practices compliance official (DPCO).

Responsible Authorities

The Responsible Authority is the person who ultimately is responsible for the collection, use, and dissemination of all entity data, and for all of the entity’s data practices decisions.


A designee is a person designated by RA to help administer and implement the requirements of the Data Practices Act.

Compliance Officials

The Data Practices Compliance Official receives and responds to questions or concerns about data practices problems, including problems in obtaining access to data the entity keeps.

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