The war on access to public data in Minneapolis and Hennepin county continues. First pointed out by the Minneapolis Star Tribune, the city has taken extraordinary measures of redacting public documents and completely removing YouTube videos of select City Council meetings. The newspaper received a heavily redacted response from a data request regarding the lease and operations of 511 11th Avenue South, Minneapolis. Also known as the Super Bowls “Incident Command Center”.
The idea that the city would go as far as to not only remove city council meeting videos but also edit the exiting public record available on the city website is troublesome. In comments made to the Star Tribune, Minneapolis City Clerk Casey Carl says the city “believes disclosing such data could negatively impact its ability to prepare for, prevent, mitigate, and respond to or recover from emergency incidents; that improper disclosure could allow persons seeking to harm the city, its people, property, or environment to intentionally cause, threaten to cause, or enhance injury or damage or interfere with essential services.”
See: Barbara Streisand Effect