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KSTP reporter Kolls claims driver's license info snooped, files lawsuit


Another Twin Cities media personality has filed a lawsuit against several state agencies, claiming his driver's license information was snooped without justification, the Star Tribune reports.

Jay Kolls, a veteran reporter at KSTP, filed a lawsuit in federal court Tuesday claiming there were 27 instances where "personnel, charged with protecting and serving the public, knowingly abused their position of trust simply to satisfy their shallow desires to peek behind the curtain."

Kolls claims the peeks into his private life took place between 2003 and 2011.

Kolls' lawsuit comes about a week after FOX 9 anchor Alix Kendall filed a lawsuit, claiming her name was searched by police officers, sheriff’s deputies and other public employees all over the state.

Kendall alleges her name was searched for more than 3,800 times over a 10-year period through the Minnesota Department of Public Safety’s (DPS) Driver and Vehicle Services database.

The Star Tribune says Kolls is suing the cities of Edina, Minneapolis, Mound, Orono, Rosemount, Savage, Shakopee and St. Paul; the Dakota Communications Center in Rosemount; Renville County; and former state DPS Commissioner Michael Campion and his successor, Ramona Dohman.

Kolls' suit seeks at least $75,000 in damages and payment of his expenses connected with the legal action.

The reporter's lawsuit is the latest in a string of legal actions taken by local news personalities who claim their driver's license information was improperly accessed.

The Star Tribune says FOX 9 anchor and sports reporter Dawn Mitchell sued about 50 Minnesota government agencies in August, claiming public employees had viewed her driving record 219 times over eight years; and KSTP anchor Jessica Miles filed suit in September, claiming her driver's license information was breached more than 1,380 times.

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

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