- Associated Press - Tuesday, February 10, 2015

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Minnesota lawmakers are being advised to think beyond police officer body cameras as they consider how to manage loads of data being scooped up by newer law enforcement tools.

Government data policy expert Don Gemberling told the House Civil Law Committee on Tuesday that fast-evolving technology makes it important that any rewrite of access laws isn’t too narrowly focused.

Legislators will debate bills this session putting limits around video footage gathered by police body cameras, which are being embraced by many departments. Among the concerns are how long the data is kept on file and what redactions get made to protect privacy of witnesses, minors and homeowners.

Gemberling cited a recent report by The Associated Press that accumulated data for evidentiary purposes will be expensive for local governments to manage.

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