New lawsuit over breach of driver's license data joins ever growing list

  • Article by: ERIC ROPER , Star Tribune
  • Updated: February 15, 2013 - 9:05 PM

At least nine federal lawsuits have been filed related to misuse of driver's license data.

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pitythefoolsFeb. 16, 13 8:40 AM

Bring on the lawyers, there's deep pockets to pick! But guess what. The deep pockets are the taxpayers. When was it decided that lawsuits no longer need to show that harm was done? Tell us ONE use of the information that was harmful to the driver. Blackmail? Nope. Posting embarrassing driving records on the internet? Nope. For a million dollars you can post my drivers records, medical history, and nude photos of me on the web. This is a sick abuse of our legal system and the reason people hate lawyers. Except when that lawyer can maybe get someone else's money for them.

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ctifferFeb. 16, 13 9:31 AM

I hate slimey lawyers and people who sue at the drop of a hat just as much as the next normal person. That said, as the government aggregates more and more data, there is more chance to have bad things happen. It appears the State of MN has not done enough to protect privacy. If this were a private business, I am sure our fearless Attorney General who be out in front leading the charges. Since it is the state, that is doing this......... hear the sound of crickets chirping? Let's fast forward a couple of years when there will be a database accessable to the same people who like to snoop that contains everything from your medical records, the results of your last checkup (better watch those Cholesterol and Triglyceride levels), tax records, banking info, where you like to shop, how many people are in your household, and how you spend your money. I really couldn't care less if the State knows I ordered the Supreme pizza from Dominos. I do care when they know about private conversations between my doctor and me, what stocks I own, and where I like to go out to eat.

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ekoskiFeb. 16, 13 9:41 AM

When they access your personnel information to find a date that's wrong. It's not the legal function of their job. It is stalking! You need to go to jail. The State needs to be taught a lesson again!

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furguson11Feb. 16, 1310:03 AM

I think DVS is planning on fixing their drivers license system (MNLARS) in 2016 or so... just tack this onto the cost.

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johnmplsFeb. 16, 1310:06 AM

How about starting in 2014 all local government unions have to pay any lawsuits against their members? I'm tired of paying taxes to cover lawsuit payouts for things rogue cops and rogue employees like this do. As of today, there is ZERO motivation for fellow employees or their supervisors to hold them accountable. Let's put a system in place where if the city is sued because of a rougue employee, their union must pay the damages.

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pitythefoolsFeb. 16, 1310:17 AM

johnmpls: "Let's put a system in place where if the city is sued because of a rougue employee, their union must pay the damages."

Instead of this obvious anti-union diatribe, how about we make the employee pay? Whatever happened to personal responsibility? Oh, that's right, the employee probably doesn't have the deep pockets for the lawyers to grab from.

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lcm333Feb. 16, 1310:19 AM

It appears the large settlement from a previous case, we will be paying out millions more in future cases. I didn't think you could sue the federal government? I hope the courts recognize the actual harm is not equal to millions of dollars. Fix the problem is required, however, these settlements will pull money out of the community and government agencies who are already faces difficult times.

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mpdad1638Feb. 16, 1310:20 AM

johnmpls... this issue has nothing to do with Unions. It is poor management practices by DVS managers.

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jtriceFeb. 16, 1312:58 PM

The cost of employee malfeasance should be shared by the employee AND their union. I'm sure tired of reading about the police union successfully defending the jobs of the same repeat-offender cops; again and again and again.

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TheDarkOneFeb. 16, 13 1:03 PM

For quite a long time, this data was all PUBLIC RECORD for anyone with $4 to go down to the DMV and pull anyone else's. Seems to me things were fine back then, the world didn't end. Maybe we should reexamine the benefits vs. the costs of taking it private.

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