Minnesota’s new ‘granny cam’ law takes effect on Thursday

Several new laws passed this year by the Minnesota legislature take effect on Thursday. One of them protects the rights of family members to install a webcam in the room of a loved one living in a nursing home or assisted-living facility.

To do so, they need to get permission from each person living in the room, and inform the facility within two weeks of the camera’s installation. There are also provisions to prevent retaliation against the resident or family for putting in a camera.

MPR News host Cathy Wurzer spoke with Richard Breitman about the bill. Breitman installed a camera in his mother’s room in an assisted-living facility in 2016, and testified in favor of the bill.

To listen to their conversation, click the audio player above.

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