DNR data breach investigated

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Jan 19, 2013 at 9:16 am

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. (KNSI) Minnesota's legislative auditor says he'll investigate a data privacy breach at the Department of Natural Resources in which an employee accessed the drivers' or motor vehicle records of about 5,000 Minnesotans without authorization.

The DNR says the employee is no longer with the agency, and that it found no evidence that the data was sold, disclosed to others or used for criminal purposes.

The list includes several journalists, attorneys and government employees, and possibly some legislators. It's not clear whether the former DNR employee accessed their records as part of any pattern or just by coincidence.

Representative Rick Hansen, a DFL lawmaker from South St. Paul, said in a letter to Legislative Auditor Jim Nobles that it would be prudent for him to investigate.

On Friday, Nobles said he has already begun doing so.

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