Lakeville private eye latest to sue over misuse of DVS records

  • Article by: Eric Roper and Randy Furst , Star Tribune staff writers
  • Updated: March 14, 2013 - 12:56 PM

Latest claim  pursued by woman whose file was searched 166 times.

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turgidMar. 14, 13 7:01 AM

Government agencies need to ensure that our data is treated with care, but this sounds like ambulance chasing. If someone was traumatized by appearing in the paper and being searched in a database, why are they doing another interview?

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mpdad1638Mar. 14, 13 7:24 AM

Why isn't the head of DVS being held to answer for this? They set up a system that is being abused. They need to be held accountable.

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mn2niceMar. 14, 13 7:32 AM

I can easily see why this could be so frightening to people, especially when it is done by someone who is a government employee under the guise of their job, and then possibily selling the information. Driving records are just that, and they should be made private except for a legally justifiable need, which should be stated and verified at the time of the inquiry. And the person whom the record belongs to should be notified in writing of the inquiry. Imagine if you will some guy who has just had a restraining order placed on him due to domestic abuse allegations, and he decides he wants to harass the investigator. So he looks up her driving record and finds out where she lives. Now that is scary. The potential for abuse is horrendous.

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honeybooMar. 14, 13 7:44 AM

Why are there so many cops and bureaucrats with such a prurient curiosity about a few women. This is sick and wrong, and they need to be fired.

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poiuytrewqMar. 14, 13 8:07 AM

How can you look into who views your DMV page? How do these women know?

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pitythefoolsMar. 14, 13 8:09 AM

Oooh, the lawyers can smell the money. I wonder if she can beat the $1M record so far! What harm has been done here? Has anyone shown that data was copied and sold? In fact, no harm has been done, but if she cries enough on the stand the jury will give her wads of cash, not realizing that WE ALL PAY for that cash. For a cool million you can post my driving record AND nude photos of me on the internet, I'll even supply them.

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doubledipperMar. 14, 13 8:44 AM

Public employee screws up. We pay...no consequences for them? Could be that they share the winnings from the lawsuit...everybody laughs all the way to the bank!

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alansonMar. 14, 13 9:26 AM

Employees who snoop the database should be given the options of either reimbursing the state for any damages paid, or resigning.

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dmulville72Mar. 14, 13 9:27 AM

These searches are done daily for family and friends of law enforcement officials. I've seen Carver County deputies run these searches of records countless times as some sort of party trick. Its not just DVS that needs overhaul, its the system in general that allows anyone in power to abuse it in petty and trivial ways. Its time to hold these so called professionals accountable for breaking the laws that they are to enforce.

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dewarfMar. 14, 1310:11 AM

Well, at least she just want the DVS held accountable and won't be interested in any monetary windfall. Now if you believe that.....

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