On May 22, 2002, Minnesota enacted two laws related to Internet privacy and commercial e-mail solicitation, otherwise known as anti-spam legislation, which become effective March 1, 2003. The Internet privacy portion of the law (Minn. Stat. 325 M.01-325M.09) is designed to restrict the ability of an Internet service provider to disclose “personally identifiable information” including e-mail addresses, phone numbers, online contact viewing habits, and browsing history to third parties. The law provides limited exceptions for such disclosure and sets forth specific requirements for obtaining authorization. Violators of the law can be sued for $500 or actual damages for each violation.
The anti-spam law provision (Minn. Stat. 325F.694) has been preempted by the Federal CAN-SPAM Act discussed earlier.