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October 25, 2014

KSTP’s Jessica Miles sues, claims driver’s license info snooped

KSTP-TV midday anchor and reporter Jessica Miles filed a federal lawsuit Monday claiming her private driver’s license information was searched for about 1,380 times, the Star Tribune reports.

Jessica Kampschroer — who goes by the last name of Miles on the air — filed suit with her husband, Cory Kampschroer,  who claims he was looked up 92 times.

Cory Kampschroer, who is currently a digital news manager at KSTP, previously worked as a reporter and anchor for WCCO Radio.

Miles’ lawsuit states, “On July 30, 2013, Jessica was shocked and disgusted to learn from DPS that it had determined that officers and personnel from approximately 180 different departments and agencies had reviewed and improperly obtained or used her private data.”

About 20 people have sued local and state agencies after receiving information from the Minnesota Department of Public Safety that public employees have illegally breached their private records.

In July, another KSTP-TV employee, reporter and producer Beth McDonough, sued several state agencies claiming 170 public employees illegally accessed her private driver’s license data 500 times.

According to the Star Tribune, Miles’ attorney Kenneth Fukuda has filed most of the lawsuits in connection with the scandals.

In Miles’ case, she is “seeking damages for emotional distress, loss of peace of mind and any action she has had to take to remedy the situation,” which would also include monies for doctors’ bills, credit monitoring and theft.

The newspaper says federal statute provides that Miles and her husband could receive $2,500 for each violation, which could add up to a payout of $3.5 million.

Miles’ lawsuit said the Department of Public Safety first notified her in a letter in 2008 that her driver’s license information had been inappropriately accessed.