Tag Archives: Minnesota

Drones Make Bridge Inspections Cheaper and Easier

The United States has a lot of bridges –more than 600,000 –many of which are in disrepair or reaching the end of their planned lives. According to the 2017 Infrastructure Report Card from the American Society of Civil Engineers, 9.1 percent of the bridges in the U.S. were structurally deficient in 2016, meaning that drivers … Continue Reading

Drones to Track Adults and Children that Suffer from Alzheimer’s and Autism

While police departments and law enforcement have been using drones for some time now, a police department in southern Minnesota, the Rochester Police Department, has recently acquired a new drone for a new purpose – to find missing (or wandering) persons who suffer from Alzheimer’s, autism and other related conditions and disorders. The drone was … Continue Reading

FCC Broadband Privacy Regulations Rescinded; States Consider Adopting Measures

As was expected, President Trump signed into law the rescinding of the broadband privacy regulations adopted in 2016 by the Obama administration’s Federal Communications Commission (FCC). The now rescinded regulations would have required internet service providers (ISPs) to obtain consent from a customer before using or selling the customer’s Web browsing history, app usage history, … Continue Reading

Mille Lacs County in Minnesota settles for $1 million after former employee accesses driver and vehicle database for personal gain

Last week, Mille Lacs County and former investigator for the Mille Lacs County Family Services, Mikki Jo Peterick, agreed to pay $1 million to settle a proposed federal class action which alleged that a former employee of Mille Lacs County Family Services (Peterick) accessed 269 individuals’ driver’s license information for the employee’s own personal use. … Continue Reading

Drones increasingly used by State Departments of Transportation across the country

Across the United States, state Departments of Transportation (DOT) are using or testing drones to conduct bridge inspections, accident assessments, surveys and to conduct risk mitigation. A recent report by the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials found that 17 state DOTs are using drones in these ways, and an additional 16 DOTs … Continue Reading

OCR fines MN hospital system $1.55 million for not having BAA with billing vendor

Yesterday, March 16, 2016, the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) issued a press release announcing that it has settled its investigation of North Memorial Health Care System (NMHCS), located in Minnesota, for $1.55 million saying that the settlement “underscores the importance of executing HIPAA business associate agreements.” The investigation started after NMHCS self-reported in September … Continue Reading

Data breach class action dismissed against SuperValu for lack of standing

Last week, a Minnesota court ruled that a consolidated class action filed against SuperValu retail chain failed to assert any harm, finding that while SuperValu did suffer two data breaches, the class’s claims of possible future injuries were too speculative, and the class therefore lacked standing to sue. The data breaches occurred in 2014 at … Continue Reading
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