Cities Required to Give Out Citizens' Personal Information

Updated: 02/04/2013 7:49 AM KSTP.com By: Nick Winkler

Personal information submitted for city alerts is public data under current law.

Many of us give city governments email addresses or cell phone numbers in exchange for alerts or updates on weather, crime, and street maintenance issues.

Under current state law, cities must hand over this information to anyone who asks for it.

Politicians, marketers, and salespeople can request and use the data for leads.

Now, some lawmakers are leading an effort to make email addresses and phone numbers private.

Others also want to restrict the manner in which governments use the data. For instance, lawmakers may also prevent governments from sharing the information internally and with other governments.