DNR Employee Accused of Accessing 5,000 Unauthorized Driver's License Data

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DNR Employee Accused of Accessing 5,000 Unauthorized Driver's License Data

January 15, 2013 Updated Jan 15, 2013 at 12:13 PM CDT

St. Paul, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- The Minnesota DNR as well as the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension is looking into allegations that a DNR employee inappropriately accessed driving license and motor vehicle records without authorization to do so.

The database from the Minnesota Department of Public Safety Driver and Vehicle Services that was viewed include information such as full name, date of birth, driver's license number, address, driver's status and driver's license photo.

The investigation did not indicate that the viewed data was sold, disclosed to others, or used for criminal purposes.

However, the DNR is sending notification letters to approximately 5,000 affected individuals to make them aware of the unauthorized access.

The agency is also recommending that those affected 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. At this time, no criminal charges have been filed.

“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 and the DNR are working to ensure that unauthorized access of motor vehicle data doesn’t occur in the future.

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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