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Data Access Case Settlements Top $1 Million

PRIVACY LAW—U.S.

November 5, 2012

Minneapolis StarTribune reports the city of Minneapolis will pay $392,000 to a woman for a privacy violation. Anne Rasmusson, a former police officer, sued 16 Minnesota jurisdictions alleging an estimated 140 employees accessed her driver’s license data. Minneapolis’ City Council approved the payout after considering the potential costs of the suit, including “staff time, police time and the risk of paying attorneys’ fees” in addition to federal statutes on damages. A spokesman for Minneapolis police said the department has tightened its data access controls following the case. Rasmusson’s settlements over the breaches now total more than $1 million.
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