State workers allegedly access private data without permission

KARE NBC TV, Sept 1, 2011

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Like all drivers with a Minnesota license, Michelle knows the state has her personal information. She gave it when she got the license. But when Michelle received a letter last month from the Department of Human Services she was shocked to learn that a state worker accessed her personal and private information without authority. She asked us to conceal her identity because she’s now worried about identity theft. “It just kind of makes you wonder. Who’s accessing my information and then what other controls do other agencies have in place to prevent this type of this from happening,” Michelle said. 1,100 Minnesota drivers received the same letter. During a system audit, the Department of Public Safety learned that for nearly a year, two Department of Human Services workers accessed records from driver and vehicle services without permission. Their jobs were to do background studies on people working in the health and human services industry.

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