Brooke Bass, ex-police union lawyer, might seek up to $7 million for private data breaches

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Bass's attorney claims her private data was accessed more than 700 times, mostly by law enforcement agencies.
If Brooke Bass's lawyer follows through on his threat to sue agencies for $10,000 for each time they accessed his client's private driver's license data, her case could end up making Anne Marie Rasmusson's look like child's play.

SEE ALSO: Anne Marie Rasmusson's settlement haul now over $1 million

That's because her attorney, Kenn Fukuda, claims Bass's private data was accessed more than 700 times by more than 100 agencies over the past eight years. As the Pioneer Press reports, if that's true, it would represent the largest private data breach case in Minnesota history.

Bass spent six years as a lawyer for Law Enforcement Labor Services, which is the state's largest police union. She now works as executive director of human resources for Rochester Public Schools.

Bass hasn't yet sued over the alleged data breaches, but in a letter sent to the city of Cottage Grove, Fukuda wrote, "we believe she is entitled to at least $10,000 for each occurrence."

If Bass ends up suing for that amount for each of the 700 alleged breaches, the total amount he and his client would be seeking is $7 million. By comparison, Rasmusson ended up receiving more than $1 million in settlements for roughly 600 unauthorized look-ups.

As part of Rasmusson's settlement with the state, the Department of Public Safety vowed to implement several new safeguards in hopes of preventing future cases of private data abuse. But in the meantime, individuals requesting data audits to see whether their license information has been accessed have turned up several new cases of abuse.

Jeff Montpetit, an attorney working on a data abuse lawsuit, told the PiPress, "You're going to see a lot of individuals who, once they have an audit done of their information, they're going to come back scratching their heads."

"It's a system that was fraught with abuse," he added.

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MikeinMN
MikeinMN

This is the second attractive female. The first was in the paper a few weeks ago, a detective, Hilary DeVary. They are preying on attractive females in the media, or public. The sad thing is it will never stop. I agree take away pensions to pay the fines.

vickevlar
vickevlar

I cannot wait until shift this evening to access all commenters private data/info via the SCMODS system at the Polk County Jail. Once I've viewed driver's license info, address, phone numbers, social security numbers, etc; we will see if any of you whine about it. HA!

Thx for all your names. :)

Alirox
Alirox

It's unbelievable how much those fuckin' pigs cost city and state taxpayers.

Ed H Engelmann
Ed H Engelmann

@Angel really? No expectation of privacy? Undoubtedly I bet other people in her profession (education) would disagree with you. Being in education does NOT make your life an open book for others to rip out pages or bend down corners. Nor does it give anyone the right to invade your provacy.

Sammy L Cater
Sammy L Cater

she wworks in schools.... she has no such as private, further more if it was just s.o.s pic um thats public any how

Ed H Engelmann
Ed H Engelmann

Hey if any of you people making these ridiculous comments would read the story, it is not about her picture, it was illegal access to her PRIVATE DATA. Obviously you either do not care about your privacy or your just idiots who comment and don't actually read the actual articles. Maybe you need your privacy invaded by some asswipe law enforcement?

digitalprotocol
digitalprotocol topcommenter

extremely attractive!  that other lady was straight pig


i can see why eveyone was looking her up...i would 

Chris Goyette
Chris Goyette

I'd let someone look at my personal data 700 times if it meant getting $7 million dollars. Daddy has bills to pay.

Mary Ledingham
Mary Ledingham

Good for her. I know first hand how Law Enforcement officers abuse information systems for personal use. It is rampant and unwarranted, with little or no over site of those who use it for personal gain. This is a much bigger issue than most would think... and when it is used against you, then you might have some idea of how unprofessional it is.

Kelly McNutt
Kelly McNutt

It's about abuse of power which isn't trivial. Lovely lack of class in the comments. Don't know why I'm surprised.

Heidi Stahnke
Heidi Stahnke

continue to sue the cities lowering their funds and abilities to fight real crime. smart.

Ange Runnels
Ange Runnels

Seemingly trivial... But the question is 'why'. When you think about it, it gets a little creepy.

Dave Troy
Dave Troy

So, are we all going to be sued for looking at her picture? (btw, nothing to look at anyways)

Chris Welton
Chris Welton

Can I sue if they've accessed mine that many times?

Mandi Wyman
Mandi Wyman

It's not old - the prior story was regarding a female police officer. Apparently the officers didn't learn their lesson and continue to take advantage of their access to this technology. I hope they get more than a slap on the wrist and a stern talking to this time.

David Gustafson
David Gustafson

Not an old story, you're confusing her with another woman whose privacy the police were invading. It's mentioned and linked to in the story, for those who actually read what they're commenting upon.

Courtney Klos
Courtney Klos

She looks like Agent Dunham from Fringe. Does the Minneapolis PD have a Fringe Division??

Joe Strom
Joe Strom

Stupid. I hope she loses and is stuck with court charges.

oneroundko
oneroundko

@MikeinMN Very average. Pretty, yes, but if you walked past her at the MOA you probably wouldn't even do a double take. She hit the jackpot because of a bunch of sleezy perverts on the Force. 

Onan
Onan

@Ricky Stayberg Anyone who actually cares about data privacy.

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