A Mankato-based law firm filed lawsuits this week against the Department of Human Services and the Department of Natural Resources alleging employees in both state agencies regularly breached the private data of Minnesotans.
|Above: A letter from the Department of Human Services sent to a plaintiff in the class-action suit. |
Scott Kelly, an attorney bringing the suits, couldn't speculate as to how the two employees chose the people whose information they accessed. But the cases further illuminate the troubling prevalence of state employee abuse of Department of Vehicle Services records, he says. The database contains such information as a person's name, date of birth, driver's license number, address, photo, eye color, height, weight, and driver's license status.
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