Minn. DNR notifies thousands after employee improperly accessed license data


About 5,000 people have been notified by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources after an employee accessed their driving and motor vehicle records without authorization, the Associated Press reports.

FOX9 says the individual viewed information such as: full name, date of birth, driver's license number, address, driver's license status and driver's license photo.

There is no indication that the data was sold, disclosed or used for criminal purposes, but the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension has been asked to investigate further.

The DNR is advising those affected to monitor their credit reports.

The employee is no longer employed by the agency. No charges have been filed.

Last year, former Twin Cities police officer Anne Marie Rasmusson won more than $1 million in settlements after she alleged 100 fellow officers snooped into her private driver’s license data out of "personal curiosity."

The Minnesota Department of Public Safety and the DNR are working to ensure that unauthorized access of driver's license and vehicle data doesn't occur in the future.

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