The creation of the commission was championed by Rep. Mary Liz Holberg, who held a long-term interest in the issues surrounding data practices and privacy.
The Commission held its first meeting on July 8, 2014.
2017 Minnesota Laws Chapter 4, Article 2, Section 2 amended the Commission's sunset date, changing it from June 30, 2017 to June 30, 2019.
The commission's expiration date was not extended in the 2019 session. However, the Legislative Coordinating Commission (LCC) passed a resolution in June 2019 to establish an LCC Subcommittee on Data Practices. This group will continue the work of the commission.