Minneapolis will be hosting the 2018 Super Bowl in January. The ten-day event will start on January 26. The Super Bowl is considered a National Special Security Event (NSSE) by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). With over a million tourists expected to visit the Twin Cities, an increase in policing and security is expected. Our Legal Department has filed requests for information to Metro Transit and the Minneapolis Police Department for data related to specific Super Bowl contracts and correspondence. We are waiting for the data request to be approved. Meanwhile, if you are planning on engaging in protests and other direct action leading up to and during the Super Bowl, or if you are concerned about digital security and government surveillance, see the resources below.
Learn more about surveillance technologies in general (including video surveillance and facial recognition tools)>
If you are planning a protest and want to discuss your rights with the ACLU of Minnesota, please contact our Public Education and Communication Director, Jana Kooren, at firstname.lastname@example.org.