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Continued: Minnesota legislators challenge police collection of phone data

  • Article by: ABBY SIMONS , Star Tribune
  • Last update: December 26, 2013 - 8:18 PM

Sen. Bill Ingebrigtsen, R-Alexandria, said he’s willing to look at the issue with an open mind, but said such devices can be a “tremendous tool” that go beyond catching suspects to locating people who may be in danger.

“I sound like a typical cop, but if you’re not doing anything wrong, you don’t have anything to worry about, and cops have bigger things to worry about,” he said. “At the same time, I don’t want rights to be stepped on.”

Nienow said he doesn’t oppose the technology on its face, but is troubled by what lawmakers currently don’t know.

“There’s no reason why we shouldn’t be able to get answers to these questions,” he said. “It’s not a state or national security risk. This is public information that we should be able to obtain, and if it becomes apparent we’re not getting answers, things could escalate quickly. ”

 

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