Training Calendar

Data Practices: A Deeper Dive into Muddy Waters

Apr 27, 2018, Stearns County Service Center: 3301 County Road 138, Waite Park, MN 56387
Registration, 8:30 a.m.; Training 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

$65 per person, includes materials, lunch and refreshments

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“Data Practices: A Deeper Dive into Muddy Waters”is co-sponsored by Minnesota  County Attorneys Association and MCIT. It assists county attorneys in navigating the muddy waters of data privacy by going beyond the basics and delving into areas of data practices that may be particularly relevant to county attorneys.

These individuals must give opinions on requests for government data under the Minnesota Government Data Practices Act (MGDPA). They may also be responsible for providing advice on how to keep data private and secure in light of MGDPA and other legal obligations. Moreover, county attorneys have their own responsibilities for the government data in their own offices. Providing legal advice in this area can be a complex undertaking, particularly with the increased focus on government transparency and individual privacy rights.


Personnel Data, Co-occurring Misconduct and Criminal Behavior, Presented by Bill Everett, Everett & Vanderweil, PLLP: County attorneys are called upon to determine what happens when an incident of workplace misconduct also violates a criminal law. County attorneys will be prepared to hit the ground running and avoid common pitfalls that await when both criminal and employment investigations arise out of the same incident.

Health and Human Services Data, presented by Ann Goering, Ratwik, Roszak & Maloney, P.A.: County health and human services departments routinely collect highly sensitive private and confidential data on individuals. As such, there is an increased opportunity for unauthorized release of data. This session provides a brief overview of the laws that govern health and human services data; and explores data privacy, storage and release issues that may be unique to these departments, as well as discusses advising these departments about data retention, internal and external sharing of data, and steps to consider in the event that nonpublic data is improperly released or accessed.

Questions County Attorneys Have About Data Practices, presented by Stacie Christensen, Director, Data Practices Office, Minnesota Department of Administration: This session examines the types of questions that the Data Practices Office of the Minnesota Department of Administration has received from counties and county attorneys, and walk through the analysis of the answers provided to the more interesting questions. She also touches on current trends.

Lessons Learned, presented by Janelle Kendall, County Attorney, Stearns County; and Susan Tindal and Jason Hively, Iverson, Reuvers, Condon: This session explores release of data issues related to the Jacob Wetterling investigation and discusses lessons learned by focusing on other recent data privacy cases, as well as drawing from their experiences as defense counsel for public entities. Presenters provide recommendations for preserving data prior to litigation and responding to MGDPA requests that may occur prior to or during a lawsuit.

Seminar Details

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