High-profile women among those 'snooped' by DNR employee

4:16 PM, Jan 20, 2013   |    comments
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ST. PAUL, Minn. --  As of Friday the DNR says it has concluded its joint investigation with the BCA into a former DNR employee improperly accessing up to 5,000 Minnesotans personal information.

DNR Spokesperson Chris Niskanen says now an employment action is underway but he would not answer questions about possible criminal charges or anything specific about what that employee was doing when he or she accessed the records.
The information accessed was from driving and motor vehicle records.

It is basically what would be seen on the front of your driver's license.

At least three female KARE 11 reporters had their information accessed.

In addition six other female reporters in the Twin Cities area said they were too notified by the DNR about this data breach.

Latest statement from DNR Communications Director Chris Niskanen:

"The DNR takes the unauthorized access to Driver and Vehicle Services (DVS) data very seriously. The agency asked the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension to conduct an investigation into this incident. The DNR also conducted its own investigation. These investigations did not indicate the data was sold, disclosed to others or used for any criminal purposes. The investigations indicate the data was only viewed, nothing more. The DNR sent 5,000 letters to those affected as a precaution to let them know the data was viewed. Because the criminal investigation is ongoing and the internal process has not reached final disposition I'm unable to say much more."

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