Attorney: Cops accessed lawyer's data hundreds of times

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ST. PAUL, Minn. - The attorney for a former police union lawyer in Minnesota says his client's private driver's license information was accessed more than 700 times.

It could be the largest privacy breach so far in the Department of Public Safety driver's license database case.

An attorney for Brooke Bass says in the past eight years, more than 100 entities in Minnesota, mostly law enforcement agencies, accessed her private license information. Bass spent six years as a lawyer for Law Enforcement Labor Services, the state's largest police union.

Attorney Kenn Fukuda tells the St. Paul Pioneer Press the volume and scope of the inquiries went far beyond legitimate purposes.

Bass, now executive director of human resources for Rochester Public Schools, has yet to sue over the alleged breaches. But the Pioneer Press reports that Fukuda and Sapentia Law Group have written to several agencies detailing her intent to seek damages. Federal law allows her to seek minimum damages of $2,500 per occurrence, plus attorney's fees.

In one letter to Cottage Grove, one of the cities whose officers are accused of accessing her data, Fukuda wrote, "we believe she is entitled to at least $10,000 for each occurrence."

At least nine federal lawsuits have been filed relating to misuse of the driver and vehicle services database. All but one target government entities.

 

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