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MN lawmakers wrestle with privacy protection

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Apr 23, 2014 at 12:33 pm

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota lawmakers are wrestling with ways to prevent public employees from abusing access to citizen data.

Final negotiations over a bill cracking down on data snoopers began Wednesday. Lawmakers say they have a delicate task.

Democratic Rep. Debra Hilstrom of Brooklyn Center cautioned against releasing the names of all government employees who access personal data as part of their jobs. She says it could lead to retaliation.

The bill's current language requires identifying government employees who access private data, even when it's for a legitimate purpose.

The legislation was spurred in part by a Department of Natural Resources disclosure that one of its workers looked up driver-license data 19,000 times without authorization. The employee was fired and he pleaded guilty to criminal charges in the case.

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