DNR employee views 5,000 driver's license records

8:14 AM, Jan 16, 2013   |    comments
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ST. PAUL, Minn. - Five thousand Minnesotans are receiving letters from the Department of Natural Resources telling them to monitor their credit reports, after one of the agency's employees allegedly accessed their driver's license information.

It started when the DNR found one of its employees looking up drivers license records, saying that person saw the name, address, date of birth, and photo of 5,000 people in Minnesota.

The DNR says it reported that employee to the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, but there are no criminal charges yet.

The DNR also says it doesn't think the employee sold the information or used it for criminal activity, but it sent a letter to all 5,000 Minnesotans who were affected and told them to check their credit report.

One Apple Valley woman we talked with did exactly that after she got the letter, but says she's still worried about her safety and security.

She says she met with Apple Valley police on Tuesday and she's taking extra precautions with her identity and personal records.

The DNR says the employee involved in this no longer works for the agency. The agency plans to give its workers more training and continue to find newways to monitor records to make sure this doesn't happen again.

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