Pot Producer Not Picked For Minn. Program Sues State Over DataA cannabis producer left out of Minnesota's medical marijuana program is suing the state over the planned public release of information submitted as part of an unsuccessful bid.
St. Paul Among Cities Chosen In $42M Bloomberg InitiativeThirteen cities from Anchorage, Alaska, to Waco, Texas, are getting a hand from former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg to make better use of data. Bloomberg Philanthropies announced Thursday its latest round of "What Works Cities" selections.
Verizon Adds Cell Sites Around MN State Fair For Attendees Attendance is up at the Minnesota State Fair and so is mobile data usage. Karen Smith, spokeswoman for Verizon Wireless says the increase in usage can be linked to the fact that we are sharing everything. She feels that people are using their phones more and more to not only navigate the fair, but also to share their fair experience.
More Stores Tracking Your Cell Phone To Offer DealsHow much of your personal information are you willing to give up, to get a deal? It's a question worth asking as more and more stores tap into technology to track our cell phones.
Driver Record Data Fight Draws In Lawmakers Minnesota state lawmakers are trying to slow down a plan from the Department of Public Safety that would restrict public access to driver's license data, including the bulk sale of data to insurance companies and car dealers. DPS officials say they made the change after thousands of snooping incidents into personal driver's license records. But insurance industry executives, and Insurance Federation of Minnesota Vice President Mark Kulda, say it could add money to your insurance bill.
UND Enlists Help On Computer BreachNorth Dakota University System officials say they are working with the FBI and an independent cyber security group to investigate a breach on the system's computer server. Officials say the personal information of more than 290,000 current and former students and nearly 800 faculty and staff was hacked in early February. It's not known if the data, which included social security numbers, was stolen.
Rep. Atkins Wants Stolen Smart Phone CutoffsA Minnesota legislator says he'll push a bill next year for mandatory cellphone technology allowing people to remotely disable lost or stolen smart phones. The legislation requiring cellphone cutoff technology is a response to a burst in phone thefts, including some taken in violent attacks in Minnesota.
Minn. Campaign Money Regulator Promises Data Fix Minnesota's campaign finance regulatory agency plans to implement new auditing procedures and seek a law change to deal with errors in its database of political fundraising transactions.
18 Claim Their Personal Data Was Wrongly AccessedEighteen people say dozens of public workers across the state violated their privacy by looking up their personal data. The group is filing a lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Minnesota on Thursday against more than 50 counties, municipalities and multiple state officials.
Even With Reams Of Data, Flood-Predicting Is ToughPerched in a boat drifting slowly along the Red River, Dan Thomas kept one eye on a laptop and the other on a $60,000 piece of floating hardware that beamed sound waves deep into the flooding river.
Minn. Lawmakers Want Tighter Database SecurityA week after more than 5,000 Minnesotans found out that a Department of Natural Resources employee had looked up their driving or motor vehicle records, state lawmakers Wednesday announced their plan to curb abuse of databases.
Report: 50 Percent Of Minnesotans Could Be Obese By 2030A new report forecasts that obesity rates will dramatically increase in every state in the country over the next 20 years.