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13.15 COMPUTER DATA.
    Subdivision 1. Definitions. As used in this section, the following terms have the meanings
given.
(a) Electronic access data. "Electronic access data" means data created, collected, or
maintained about a person's access to a government entity's computer for the purpose of:
(1) gaining access to data or information;
(2) transferring data or information; or
(3) using government services.
(b) Cookie. "Cookie" means any data that a government-operated computer electronically
places on the computer of a person who has gained access to a government computer.
    Subd. 2. Classification of data. Electronic access data are private data on individuals or
nonpublic data.
    Subd. 3. Notice; refusal to accept cookie. (a) A government entity that creates, collects, or
maintains electronic access data or uses its computer to install a cookie on a person's computer
must inform persons gaining access to the entity's computer of the creation, collection, or
maintenance of electronic access data or the entity's use of cookies before requiring the person to
provide any data about the person to the government entity. As part of that notice, the government
entity must inform the person how the data will be used and disseminated, including the uses
and disseminations in subdivision 4.
(b) Notwithstanding a person's refusal to accept a cookie on the person's computer, a
government entity must allow the person to gain access to data or information, transfer data or
information, or use government services by the government entity's computer.
    Subd. 4. Use of electronic access data. Electronic access data may be disseminated:
(1) to the commissioner for the purpose of evaluating electronic government services;
(2) to another government entity to prevent unlawful intrusions into government electronic
systems; or
(3) as otherwise provided by law.
History: 1Sp2003 c 8 art 2 s 4