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Even if the fish aren’t biting, the ducks aren’t flying and the pheasants aren’t flushing, Doug Smith says any day spent outdoors is a good day. A Minnesota native, he’s been covering the outdoors for the Star Tribune since 1995. He considers walleyes fried over a campfire to be gourmet cuisine.

DNR employee improperly accessed drivers license data on 5,000 people

Posted by: Doug Smith Updated: January 15, 2013 - 10:43 AM
A Minnesota Department of Natural Resources employee inappropriately accessed driving license and motor vehicle records, officials announced Tuesday.
The DNR asked the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) to conduct an investigation into the unauthorized access of the data. At this time, no criminal charges have been filed.
 
The database is maintained by Minnesota Department of Public Safety Driver and Vehicle Services (DVS). The DVS records that were viewed include information such as full name, date of birth, driver’s license number, address, driver’s license status and driver’s license photo.
 
Officials don’t believe the viewed data was sold, disclosed to others or used for criminal purposes. However, the DNR is sending notification letters to about 5,000 affected individuals to make them aware of the unauthorized access. The agency is also recommending that those individuals monitor their credit reports.
 
The agency has also reported the unauthorized data access to the three main credit reporting agencies, as required by state law.
 
The employee involved in the unauthorized data access is no longer employed by the DNR.
 
“The DNR takes seriously its responsibility to protect private data,” said DNR Commissioner Tom Landwehr. “The DNR will not tolerate unauthorized access of private data. The agency is implementing additional employee training and looking into ways to monitor access to the data to ensure it doesn’t happen again.”
 
Additionally, the Minnesota Department of Public Safety (DPS) and the DNR are working to ensure that unauthorized access of DVS data doesn’t occur in the future. DPS is encouraging government agencies to review the terms and obligations of DVS data use to ensure private data is protected.
 
The DNR has set up an email and phone to address questions and concerns for those who receive the letters. The email is infosecurity.dnr@state.mn.us. The phone number is 651-259-5309.
 
 

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