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299A.61 CRIMINAL ALERT NETWORK.
    Subdivision 1. Establishment. The commissioner of public safety, in cooperation with the
commissioner of administration, shall develop and maintain an integrated criminal alert network
to facilitate the communication of crime prevention information by electronic means among state
agencies, law enforcement officials, and the private sector. The network shall disseminate data
regarding the commission of crimes, including information on missing and endangered children,
and attempt to reduce theft and other crime by the use of electronic transmission of information.
In addition, the commissioner shall evaluate the feasibility of using the network to disseminate
data regarding the use of fraudulent checks and the coordination of security and antiterrorism
efforts with the Federal Bureau of Investigation. If the commissioner determines that one or both
of these uses are feasible, the commissioner shall ensure that the network disseminates data in
the area or areas determined to be feasible.
    Subd. 2. Data on members. Data that identify individuals or businesses as members of the
criminal alert network, including names, addresses, telephone and fax numbers, are private data
on individuals or nonpublic data, as defined in section 13.02, subdivision 9 or 12.
    Subd. 3. Limit on liability of financial institution. A financial institution, including its
employees or company agents, that provides or reasonably attempts to provide information
regarding stolen, forged, or fraudulent checks for use by the crime alert network, check
verification services, consumer reporting agencies, a banking industry antifraud database
consistent with federal privacy law, or by law enforcement agencies that are investigating a crime
is not liable to any person for disclosing the information, provided that the financial institution is
acting in good faith.
    Subd. 4. Fee authorized. The commissioner of public safety may charge a fee to members
of the network for the services that the network provides. Money collected from these fees is
appropriated to the commissioner of public safety and must be used for network expenses.
History: 1995 c 226 art 4 s 6; 1995 c 244 s 6; 1996 c 440 art 1 s 48; 1997 c 239 art 8 s 7;
1998 c 337 s 1; 1998 c 367 art 11 s 8; 2000 c 354 s 1; 2005 c 118 s 16