Minnesota Races To Protect Internet Privacy Protections As Trump, Congress Undo Them

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By Judy Keen, Star Tribune

“Legislators in Minnesota and at least nine other states are racing to enact online privacy protections after President Donald Trump signed a law that allows internet providers to collect and sell information about customers without their consent.”

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Veteran Led Tech Startup Intervotion Targets First Responders

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Screen Shot 2017-02-21 at 10.36.17 AMWe’ve all seen futuristic sci-fi movies that depict sophisticated law enforcement operations, the ones where commanders pull up 3D holographic layouts of a building’s interior while outlining the team’s strategic plan.

While current methods are nowhere near that level of advancement, you might not realize just how big the gap is.

Michael O’Leary says that in his discussions with police, paramedics and firefighters across the country, he has been told that Google Maps often provides better location logistics than the antiquated systems used by departments.

In the information age, emergency services are lagging behind, and O’Leary sees that as a major problem.

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Minnesota’s ‘Right To Repair’ Bill Would Upend Tech Giants’ Monopoly

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monopoly-man-eric-garland-lZoh03-clipartBy Taylor Danz, CityPages

“If Amanda LaGrange’s Toyota 4Runner needs service, she can take it down the street to an independent repair shop at a fraction of the cost of going to a dealership.

The same isn’t true for an iPhone. Or a PC. Or an old television. For LaGrange, the CEO of Tech Dump, a nonprofit that repairs and recycles old electronics, this is a problem.”

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State of Minnesota Seeks $125m Of Taxpayer Funds For IT Upgrade

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By Tim Pugmire, MPRnews

“Threats to state government systems that hold vast amounts of private data are becoming more sophisticated and more frequent every day, said Minnesota IT Services commissioner Tom Baden. He gets daily briefings on cybersecurity issues.

“It’s not uncommon for me to see 3 million attacks from 150 international locations, a phishing attack through email looking for credentials or even ransomware attacks, on any given day,” he said. “Multiple concurrent events are happening constantly.”

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If A Geek Squad Agent is a Paid FBI Informant, Are Their Computer Searches Legal?

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screen-shot-2017-01-10-at-8-26-41-amBy Tom Jackman, Washington Post

“At a giant Best Buy repair shop in Brooks, Ky., Geek Squad technicians work on computers owned by people across the country, delving into them to retrieve lost data. Over several years, a handful of those workers have notified the FBI when they see signs of child pornography, earning payments from the agency”

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Minnesota Angel Investor Tax Credits Are Finally Gone For 2016

angel-tax-seal-minnesotaMinnesota’s Angel Investor Tax Credits (AITC) are finally gone for the year, according to Program Manager Jeff Nelson.

In 2016, $15.5 million in credits was available overall with half ($7.5m) in preferential treatment funds for minority-and women-owned businesses, as well as businesses located in Greater Minnesota.

$3.9m of that carve-out was not claimed and reverted back to the general pool at the end of September, since allocated.

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