Skip to comments.DNR names ex-employee who breached license data(MN)
Posted on 01/25/2013 4:13:53 PM PST by TurboZamboni
The state agency revealed Friday that the employee who improperly accessed thousands of drivers license records, and ignited calls for stiffer laws, was an officer responsible for training his colleagues in proper data usage. The Department of Natural Resources said Captain John Hunt, who was administrative manager of the agency's enforcement division, viewed drivers license data on 5,000 people while off-duty and without a work-related purpose. Altogether, Hunt made about 19,000 queries of the driver and vehicle services (DVS) database over nearly five years -- 11,800 of them while off duty. The DVS database, which contains photographs, addresses and driving records on Minnesotans with a license, is protected by state and federal law against illegitimate use. The agency discharged Hunt on Jan. 11 and the Duluth city attorney is reviewing the case for possible criminal charges. Ninety percent of Hunt's queries were for females, the agency said. Hunt's termination letter said he accessed records of celebrities, athletes, criminal justice professionals, television personalities, politicians and "victims of various tragedies."
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