Minnesota data-access lawsuits, auditor's report are troubling

  • Article by: STAR TRIBUNE EDITORIAL BOARD
  • Updated: March 16, 2013 - 8:10 AM

Lawsuits, auditor’s report spur alarm about data misuse.

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supervon2Mar. 15, 13 8:20 PM

Here is the real important issue. These laws have just generated one more way for lawyers to extract money. That's what it's really about about is them getting rich by the insanity of government and the backsliders that work there. Less government, less problems.

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lordhawhaw1Mar. 15, 13 8:42 PM

And Obama and the liberals want all our medical files available online. "Don't worry", they say, "Your medical information is safe with us".

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texas_technomanMar. 16, 13 5:04 AM

It's not too tough to log anyone who accesses a certain database. All you need is a little adult supervision monitoring the logs.....

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elmore1Mar. 16, 13 7:28 AM

As disturbing to me is the 25000 duplicate drivers licenses found by the state which could be used for various types of fraud. We need to beef up security and risk processes big time.

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charlie99Mar. 16, 13 9:12 AM

Stating that Minnesota's reputation for good governance has been "permanently tarnished" due to these highly publicized cases is overwrought claptrap. The Drivers Privacy Protection Act, on which these lawsuits are based, is a 20-year-old federal law originally set up to prevent DMVs and other state departments from handing out motor vehicle records to anyone, including creeps and potential stalkers. The law was not set up to club state departments--at taxpayer expense--whose employees violate internal prohibitions against accessing personal records for unofficial use. 20 years after this original law was enacted, it's highly doubtful that MN has had a greater rash of unauthorized access, or that our state is an outlier for misbehavior. It's more that detection methods have likely improved in 2 decades, and that multiple attorneys, smelling big taxpayer-funded paydays after last year's $1 million-plus settlement, are trolling the waters seeking aggrieved "victims" to trot out to the unwitting media.

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pitythefoolsMar. 16, 13 9:54 AM

What harm has been done here? Has there been ONE instance where someone's data has been used in such a way as to harm them? Of course not. This is just another way for lawyers and litigants to get free money. YOURS AND MY MONEY. $1M for having someone's driving records accessed? That's absurd. For $1M you can post my driving records, my birth certificate, my college transcripts and nude photos of me on the internet for anyone on earth to see. I'll even supply the information.

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goferfanzMar. 16, 1310:58 AM

The private sector often has good control, and severe employee consequences (aka termination) Indeed, health systems can have a "break the glass," prompt before entering private health records of patients where the user promises a legitimate reason for entering the database. How about a simple law-->govt offenders are fired without union recourse? I think that would greatly reduce the lawless behavior and help fire many unworthy govt employees. Is this editorial endorsing that level of change? I couldnt tell.........

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tupelohoneyMar. 16, 1312:13 PM

The woman in the picture claimed she was too disabled to work and then pursued a career as a professional body builder. She posted pictures of herself on the internet to show off her body. I can understand why her former colleagues were interested in seeing her information.

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