Judge makes right call in Minnesota data snooping cases

  • Article by: Editorial Board , Star Tribune
  • Updated: September 26, 2013 - 10:42 AM

Federal judge relieves state of liability for employee’s actions.

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supervon2Sep. 25, 13 8:18 PM

Interesting. Now if the Catholic Church has problem cadre the church gets sued. But, let a schoolteacher run amok and the state claims innocence. But, the State runs the Justice system so are the scales tipped? Good question!

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elmore1Sep. 25, 1310:39 PM

Probably the right outcome but the real issue is that our govt organizations from the DNR, police to MnCare have shown an ineptitude and cavalier attitude towards data security. I work for a fortune 50 company and everyone goes through training every year followed by signing a form that says (I understand that if I violate customer data security policies I am liable to fines and consequences including termination). We also have systems in place that would prevent violations with reporting to mgmt. Why should we let govt agencies get away with these violations? What does it take to stop it?

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goferfanzSep. 25, 1310:41 PM

Yep. It is amazing to see the govt institutions get such amazing legal cover time and again. Churches and businesses should have such immunity, huh? The reason our govt is so totally dysfunctional is both-->the legal immunity they give themselves while making employees almost impossible to fire. It's a horrible combination, but explains soooo much of our modern governance.

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wa0tdaSep. 26, 13 7:02 AM

The State did not try to cover up the data breach and then transfer the employee to different offices for years while hoping the problem would go away - as the Church did. How convenient for government haters to overlook the many data breaches and outright malfeasance in the private sector. I'd say the financial industry, which brought the world economy to its knees, pretty much got a mulligan.

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eman2001Sep. 26, 13 8:06 AM

If supervisors knew that this was an ongoing problem and did nothing, they should liable for damages for not taking action to solve the systemic problem.

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stpaulisbestSep. 26, 13 8:17 AM

Wow. Big surprise. The Strib comes out in favor of the individual citizen not having any privacy rights. Who woulda thunk it?

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privateeyeSep. 26, 13 8:31 AM

At last, common sense. Now the governemnt needs to tighten up security.

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tomstromieSep. 26, 13 8:36 AM

So this must also mean that any private company that has a data breach has no legal liability either.

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SortlandSep. 26, 13 8:47 AM

If the state is immune from damages in this situation, where they provided the means and the opportunity for their employee to act within the ostensible scope of employment, then the victims are left without any realistic hope of recourse. The law would be left without any teeth. It is a bad decision and we can only hope that it is overturned.

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elle2008Sep. 26, 13 8:50 AM

These employees should be held liable personally. When that happens maybe this won't happen as much.

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