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Lawmakers Seek Tougher Penalties for Breaches

PRIVACY LAW—U.S.

January 25, 2013

Legislators in Minnesota are seeking tougher legislation to prevent public employees from accessing private data without authorization and to require public agencies to notify the public of such breaches, the StarTribune reports. One week after the state’s Department of Natural Resources (DNR) revealed an employee had viewed thousands of driver’s license records without authorization, state Rep. Mary Liz Holberg (R-Lakeville), who has sponsored a bill on the matter, said the “time is ripe” for a law. Though the bill focuses on misuse of driver and vehicle data, it would cover breaches of any government database. Meanwhile, a man affected by the breach at the DNR has filed a lawsuit in federal court.
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