Anne Marie Rasmusson names cops in data breach lawsuit

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Anne Marie Rasmusson named the officers she alleges unlawfully accessed her private data
More than six months after filing her lawsuit, the former St. Paul cop alleging one of the largest-known private data breaches in law enforcement history is naming names.

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Anne Marie Rasmusson--the subject of our February cover story, "Is This Woman Too Hot to Have a Driver's License?"--filed a lawsuit in March after discovering her driver's license information had been accessed 425 times by 104 officers between 2007 and 2011.

According to state data obtained by City Pages, Rasmusson's license was accessed an additional 174 times in 2006, bringing the total number of look-ups to just shy of 600.

"Each unauthorized use of her private information, made while acting under color of state law, violated Rasmusson's federal civil rights and constituted behavior prohibited by federal statute," the lawsuit states.

The suit also alleged that most of the officers who looked up her information were not disciplined, evidence that the "illegal access appears to be widespread and pervasive throughout departments, and is a custom and practice."

On Friday, Rasmusson's attorneys filed a motion to add all law enforcement agents' names to the civil complaint, in effect putting them in the public record. Embedded below, the court filing names officers from agencies across the state, including the Minneapolis and St. Paul police departments.

Though no Minneapolis officers were disciplined, Rasmusson's case did lead to a change of policies regarding accessing Driver and Vehicle Services information for Minneapolis police, says department spokesman Sgt. Stephen McCarty.

"The change basically is the penalties for accessing this information -- if accessed not for law enforcement purposes -- are more severe," says McCarty.

St. Paul police spokesman Howie Padilla confirms an investigation is underway, but couldn't comment further.

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FactCheck5
FactCheck5

The TAX PAYERS will be getting hit with the bill: I know for a fact, that this ladies attorneys turn down a $2.6 million dollar offer, just from the City of St Paul. I think everyone of these Cops should be FIRED on the spot, or has the bar of being a Cop been lowered so far that only a fool would look up to a Cop! There are thousands of people ready to take these Jobs of being a respectable Police Officer. What are these people thinking? I feel sorry for this lady,, She is living in fear of fellow Police Officers. Also: If this is just a MISDEMEANOR why are the feds investigating this case? More to come,, Keep on top of it City Pages! Great JOB!!

Side Note: I still can not believe the St Paul Pioneer De-Pressed is not broke yet!,, Never see any reporting that would shine the spot light on the Good Old boys club in St Paul!!        

Mike Skeels
Mike Skeels

I just scanned through part of the names, but it seems like there were more women than men.

ironyisfune
ironyisfune

Under Minnesota statute 13.09, these officers are guilty of a MISDEMEANOR like...I don't know, prostitution or DUI or something. Also, the statute says that violations constitute "just cause for suspension without pay or dismissal of the public employee." Their violations are clearly documented. So why aren't they being prosecuted and fired? We seem to think other misdemeanors are serious enough to prosecute. Why not theirs?

Michelle Glass
Michelle Glass

I don't get it. She's not hot. She looks like Little Debbie...

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