Short Answer Question 9 - Protecting people online – from privacy to identity theft to child protection online – how do grade Minnesota’s performance with ensuring public safety online? Any future proposals?
Response from Mike Hatch:
Minnesota has done a very poor job in ensuring public safety online. Indeed, the security of our driver’s license data is so lame that Minnesota is one of only six states to have personal data of every driver available on a website: www.publicdata.com. Police detectives state that access to driver’s license data is one of the main reasons that identity theft is so rampant in Minnesota. I drafted legislation to make this data private and support making it state law.
For details about some of my online safety and consumer privacy initiatives as Attorney General, please see:
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