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DVS Database Profile Accessed 400 Times

PERSONAL PRIVACY—U.S.

October 6, 2011

Authorities in Minnesota are investigating why a woman's Driver and Vehicle Services' (DVS) profile was accessed by law enforcement authorities approximately 400 times, Fox 9 News reports. An audit of the state's DVS division uncovered the potential breach, prompting 18 law enforcement agencies--including the FBI--to investigate. The system is used by police officers to check the backgrounds of individuals during a traffic stop, but authorities need a reason to access a profile. A representative from the Department of Public Safety said, "We do not know why this data was accessed...Our audit revealed a pattern that showed this individual's driver's license data was accessed more often than usual." 
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