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Ex-St. Paul cop to get $665K in data breach case

Former St. Paul and Eden Prairie police officer Anne Rasmusson, who accused other officers across the metro of digging into her driver's license file for personal information, is likely to reap about $665,000 in settlements from Twin Cities municipalities, the Star Tribune reports.
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Former St. Paul and Eden Prairie police officer Anne Rasmusson, who accused other officers across the metro of digging into her driver's license file for personal information and images, is likely to reap about $665,000 in settlements from Twin Cities municipalities, the Star Tribune reports.

St. Paul has reached a $385,000 settlement with Rasmusson, but it must be approved by the city council, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports. A vote is scheduled for Wednesday. She has reached a $280,000 settlement with other Twin Cities municipalities, the newspaper says.

Rasmusson claims more than 100 officers snooped in her file, which includes photographs, addresses, physical descriptions and other personal information. The case is part of a broader problem of officers digging into records for personal use, her lawsuit alleged. Records held by the Department of Public Safety reveal that about 160 people, most government employees, misused driver's license data in the past two years, the Star Tribune reports.

CityPages earlier this year did a story (with slideshow) about Rasmusson, a former fitness competitor, titled, "Is this woman too hot to have a driver's license?" In it, she says it's hard to understand why officers would risk their careers to peek at info and photos that are hardly titillating.

"I can't begin to understand what people were thinking," she says.

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