Misuse of Minnesota drivers' records is relatively common

  • Article by: ERIC ROPER , Star Tribune
  • Updated: October 14, 2012 - 9:37 PM

Audits have revealed that about 160 individuals, mostly in government agencies, have improperly used database.

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hobie2Oct. 13, 1210:45 PM

No Way! Not the sacred infallible voter-registration-linchpin driver's licenses being abused! If only we had an amendment that said it wasn't so, then it would be ok.... righttt.

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hounder25Oct. 13, 1210:48 PM

Good for the city of Minneapolis for charging someone who abused his access to the data base. Any surprise that local police departments, including Eden Prairie, didn't do teh same?

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dflpartyOct. 13, 1210:53 PM

The vast majority of government workers are Democrats. As we all know, there is a differant set of standards for Democrats holding the power of Government. This activity is perfectly acceptable given those standards and should not even be considered news.

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asmithe2Oct. 14, 12 1:04 AM

Imagine how much more common this will be when tens of thousands of election judges are granted access to state records on all voters. Identity theft and personal privacy violations will spike almost as high as our taxes (to create this database). But at least we will have stopped an imaginary fraud problem.

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sanityfirstOct. 14, 12 6:18 AM

DFLPARTY- you have sunk to a new low. There's no place in civil society for this kind of mindless vitriol.

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sharblaz1Oct. 14, 12 7:03 AM

These people should be fired! Hospitalls recently fired employees for this. Why all the second chances and lame excuses ? This is your private personal information being accessed by employees. Who knows what they are using this information for? No different then hospital employees. Seems to be little consequences for certain sectors of the workplaces.

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thecynic5712Oct. 14, 12 7:03 AM

Ferret them out and fire them. Nuf said.

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mona925Oct. 14, 12 7:19 AM

This abuse might be alleviated if those who have access were forced to enter a reason (police case #, court doc #, etc.) for searching that drivers license record before the record is able to be accessed.

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northhillOct. 14, 12 7:35 AM

These civil servants have abused their authority.In the private sector these employees would face immediate dismissal.Government should have a zero tolerance for this abuse and civil service rules should be changed to allow for the immediate dismissal of these civil servants.One violation not 4,000 should be the standard.Those 160 employees should also face criminal charges.The serious abusers should be charged with a felony.

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rej4slOct. 14, 12 7:42 AM

I know this happens. I wrote a letter to the Strib a while back. And got hate mail in the mail. We reported it to the police. The funny thing was it had the misspelling of the address which is on my ID. No one else has this format. The only way it could happen if someone accessed the computer ...... shows abuse happens frequently.

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