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Two Minnesota state workers accessed private data

Two state workers — who, understandably, no longer work for the state — looked at private data of 1,100 people in the state’s Driver and Vehicle Services records without authorization, KARE News reports.
The information included names, dates of bir

Two state workers — who, understandably, no longer work for the state — looked at private data of 1,100 people in the state’s Driver and Vehicle Services records without authorization, KARE News reports.

The information included names, dates of birth, addresses, license status and photos. No Social Security numbers, though. Those affected have received letters from the state.

Until state officials come up with a plan to make sure it doesn’t happen again, all general employee access to the database has stopped, the story said.

The two workers were supposed to conduct background studies on people working in the health and human services industry but apparently ranged far afield in the database. The problem was uncovered during a system audit but apparently had gone on for a year.

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“We are constantly monitoring and auditing the activity of those who have legitimate access to our database to make certain that they’re not misusing or abusing their privileges,” Andy Skoogman of the Department of Public Safety told the station.