Training Calendar

Essentials of Data Practices for Responsible Authorities 2022

Jul 20, 2022, MCIT Building (100 Empire Dr., St. Paul, Minn.)
8:30 registration; 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. training program

$65 per person for MCIT member organizations
$105 per person for nonmember organizations

On left, close up of hands typing on laptop. On right, close up of hand holding a mobile phone. In the middle a file folder and arrows pointing to the laptop and mobile phone. Text: Essentials of Data Practices for Responsible AuthoritiesIndividuals designated as responsible authorities under the Minnesota Government Data Practices Act (MGDPA) are tasked with the duty of ensuring that their government entities comply with the Act’s requirements for transparency, data privacy and data security. “Essentials of Data Practices for Responsible Authorities,” led by Minnesota Department of Administration Data Practices Office staff, provides responsible authorities and their designees with the foundation they need to take on the duties of the Act, as well as offers best practices to assist in day-to-day MGDPA administration.

Session Topics

Minnesota Government Data Practices Act basics: Overview of the duties of a responsible authority and data compliance officer, and the basic definitions of data and data classifications

Policies and procedures: Developing data access and security policies and procedures, maintaining data inventories, and working with elected officials and staff to ensure MGDPA compliance

Responding to data requests: Best practices for responding to data requests under the MGDPA, including:

  • denying access
  • managing complex requests
  • separating private and public data
  • recovering costs
  • managing nonpublic data on minors
  • creating summary data
  • requesting a temporary classification of data
  • special considerations for personnel data

Accuracy and completeness challenges: Overview of the accuracy and completeness challenge process and best practices for responding to a challenge

Data breach requirements—investigation and notification: Discussion of the definition of “data breach” under the MGDPA, breach investigation and notification requirements, and annual comprehensive security assessments

Who Should Attend?

This seminar is specifically designed for individuals designated as a public entity’s responsible authority and the responsible authority’s designee. An individual may be the responsible authority if he or she is the:

  • County administrator or coordinator
  • County auditor
  • County attorney
  • Sheriff
  • SWCD district manager
  • Joint powers executive director
  • Social services director
  • Veterans services officer
  • Other elected official
  • Person designated by the governing board to be the responsible authority


Registration for “Essentials of Data Practices for Responsible Authorities” will open six to eight weeks before the event date.

COVID-19 Safety Precautions

The health and safety of attendees at MCIT in-person training events and meetings is our top priority. In response to the changing dynamics of the pandemic, MCIT will continue to follow local, state and federal public health requirements, as well as host location requirements and presenter preferences, while encouraging adherence to recommended guidelines when dealing with issues related to wearing face coverings/masks at MCIT in-person events.

Currently safety guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Minnesota Department of Health for indoor group events recommend that everyone, both fully vaccinated and unvaccinated, wear face masks in areas where the community transmission of COVID-19 is high.

MCIT will announce specific safety guidelines for this event closer to the event date. Check here for updates.

Fees may be submitted at any time. They need not accompany your registration form. An invoice will be issued for any fees not paid by the training session date. If you require a signed voucher to submit payment, please forward it to MCIT. We do not accept credit cards.

Cancellation Policy: Individuals registered for training sessions will not be billed for cancellations made at least one week prior to the session. Cancellations received after the deadline will be billed for the entire registration fee.