KSTP-TV producer files suit over driver's license data misuse


A KSTP-TV investigative producer is suing dozens of state government entities after learning in March that more than 170 law enforcement employees viewed her driver's license file nearly 500 times, the Star Tribune reports.

Beth McDonough, who was a television reporter at FOX 9 for several years, filed suit in federal court last week over the misuse of the Driver and Vehicle Services database, which contains driver's license photos, addresses, physical descriptions, vehicle information and other personal information.

According to court documents, McDonough alleged that police officers made comments in the past about where she lived and the car she drove while on the job as a crime reporter.

McDonough was let go from FOX 9 after her second drunk driving arrest in 2008, but none of the inquiries pertained to those arrests, the newspaper said.

McDonough is being represented by Sapientia Law Group, the same law firm that represented former Twin Cities police officer Anne Rasmusson, who won more than $1 million in settlements after fellow officers snooped into her private driver’s license data.

About 5,000 people, including a handful of local female television reporters, were notified earlier this year after a Minnesota Department of Natural Resources employee improperly accessed driver's license data.

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